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Bridging the Strait : Taiwan, China, and the prospects for reunification /
Hsin-hsing Wu.
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Hong Kong ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
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viii, 346 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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0195857658 :
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Hong Kong ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
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0195857658 :
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669492
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [323]-336) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-02:
Wu adds to the growing number of studies on relationships between Taiwan and mainland China and the potential--peaceful or violent--for reunification. He surveys the policies and strategies of Taiwan and China toward one another since 1979, including the current rapprochement. He pays most attention to how Chinese in Taiwan look at resolution of the impasse, based on political reforms over the last decade. Wu's study grows out of his doctoral dissertation and follows integration theory as a model of change; it is based largely on Karl Deutsch's communication approach. Wu finds that although communications links, commercial transactions, and cultural exchanges between Taiwan and China have increased greatly since 1987, they will not automatically lead to reunification. The process, he points out, is multidimensional; its rate and ultimate success are highly dependent on political actors and interest groups on both sides, and on reduction in the imbalance of socioeconomic and political conditions. He suggests that the Taiwan Independence Movement is the leading wild card, which throws off attempts to predict change. More theoretical but no less thorough than Ralph Clough's Reaching Across the Taiwan Strait (CH, Feb'94). General; undergraduate; graduate. G. A. McBeath; University of Alaska Fairbanks
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Rapprochement between the Republic of China and the People's Republic of China has moved in stops and starts since the normalization of Sino-American relations in 1979. In recent years the gradual rise of Taiwan's main opposition, the Democratic Progressive Party has helped to strengthen and consolidate sentiment within Taiwan against reunification of the two Chinas. Numerous studies have examined the prospects for a peaceful reunification, most often focusing on the motivations, aims, and actions of mainland China. In this book, Dr Hsin-hsing Wu explores the links between the reunification issue and recent political changes within Taiwan, and examines how this force has become a serious challenge to both Chinese governments reunification policies. The author draws on Western scholarship, using established integration theory as a means of analysis, while providing a Taiwanese perspective with primary sources. He examines six factors - the economic and political systems of each country, public opinion in Taiwan, the transactions between the two Chinas, Taiwan's politics, and the Taiwan Independence Movement - to determine the likelihood of peaceful reunification. This is the first title in the series Studies on Contemporary Taiwan.
Long Description
The gradual rise of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party has helped to strengthen and consolidate sentiment within Taiwan against the reunification of the Republic of China and the People's Republic of China. In this study, Wu explores the links between reunification and recent political changes within Taiwan, and examines how these changes have become a serious challenge to both Chinese governments' reunification policies. The author draws on Western scholarship and primary sources from the Taiwanese perspective, and uses established integration theory as a means of analysis. He examines six factors--the economic and political systems of each country, public opinion in Taiwan, the transactions between the two Chinas, Taiwan's politics, and the Taiwan Independence Movement--to determine the likelihood of peaceful reunification.
Main Description
Rapprochement between the Republic of China and the People's Republic of China has moved in stops and starts since the normalization of Sino-American relations in 1979. In recent years the gradual rise of Taiwan's main opposition, the Democratic Progressive Party has helped to strengthen andconsolidate sentiment within Taiwan against reunification of the two Chinas. Numerous studies have examined the prospects for a peaceful reunification, most often focusing on the motivations, aims, and actions of mainland China. In this book, Dr Hsin-hsing Wu explores the links between the reunification issue and recent political changes within Taiwan, and examines howthis force has become a serious challenge to both Chinese governments reunification policies. The author draws on Western scholarship, using established integration theory as a means of analysis, while providing a Taiwanese perspective with primary sources. He examines six factors - the economic and political systems of each country, public opinion in Taiwan, the transactions between thetwo Chinas, Taiwan's politics, and the Taiwan Independence Movement - to determine the likelihood of peaceful reunification. This is the first title in the series Studies on Contemporary Taiwan.
Table of Contents
Preface
List of Tables
List of Appendices
Abbreviations
Note on Romanization and Terminology
Introductionp. 1
Beijing's Proposals Since 1979p. 19
Beijing's Strategies Toward Taipeip. 33
United Front Organizationsp. 50
The Republic of China on Taiwanp. 65
The Responses of the ROC to PRC Proposalsp. 74
Taipei's Proposalsp. 89
Taipei's Strategies Toward Beijingp. 97
Taipei's Anti-United Front Organizationsp. 114
Relations Between the Two Chinas (1987-Mid-1993)p. 124
Other Voices in Taiwan and Alternatives to Two Chinasp. 134
Contacts Between the Two Chinasp. 159
National Integration of the Republic of Chinap. 199
The Taiwan Independence Movement and Its Prospectsp. 226
Some Prospects for the Future and Recommendationsp. 247
Notesp. 259
Appendicesp. 312
Selected Bibliographyp. 323
Indexp. 337
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