Taiwan and China
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Taiwan and China

By Lowell Dittmer (editor)
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China’s relation to Taiwan has been in constant contention since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in October 1949 and the creation of the defeated Kuomintang (KMT) exile regime on the island two months later. The island’s autonomous sovereignty has continually been challenged, initially because of the KMT’s insistence that it continue to represent not just Taiwan but all of China—and later because Taiwan refused to cede sovereignty to the then-dominant power that had arisen on the other side of the Taiwan Strait. One thing that makes Taiwan so politically difficult and yet so intellectually fascinating is that it is not merely a security problem, but a ganglion of interrelated puzzles. The optimistic hope of the Ma Ying-jeou administration for a new era of peace and cooperation foundered on a landslide victory by the Democratic Progressive Party, which has made clear its intent to distance Taiwan from China’s political embrace. The Taiwanese are now waiting with bated breath as the relationship tautens. Why did détente fail, and what chance does Taiwan have without it? Contributors to this volume focus on three aspects of the evolving quandary: nationalistic identity, social economy, and political strategy.

“Provides essential background for an understanding of both why the issues between Taiwan and China remain difficult to resolve and why that lack of resolution poses a potential threat to peace in the western Pacific area.” STEVEN GOLDSTEIN, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University

LOWELL DITTMER is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is editor in chief of the journal Asian Survey and the author of Sino-Soviet Normalization and Its International Implications, China’s Quest for National Identity, China Under Modernization, and South Asia’s Nuclear Crisis.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • List of Abbreviations
  • 1. Introduction
  • Lowell Dittmer
  • PART I. NATIONAL IDENTITY
  • 2. Taiwan’s National Identity and Cross-Strait Relations
  • Yi-huah Jiang
  • 3. Changing Identities in Taiwan under Ma Ying-jeou
  • Jean-Pierre Cabestan
  • 4. Mingling but Not Merging: Changes and Continuities in the Identity of Taiwanese in Mainland China
  • Shu Keng and Emmy Ruihua Lin
  • 5. Chinese National Identity under Reconstruction
  • Gang Lin and Weixu Wu
  • 6. Chinese Youth Nationalism in a Pressure Cooker
  • Rou-lan Chen
  • PART II. POLITICAL ECONOMY
  • 7. Varieties of State Capitalism across the Taiwan Strait: A Comparison and Its Implications
  • Chih-shian Liou
  • 8. The Nature and Trend of Taiwanese Investment in China (1991–2014): Business Orientation, Profit Seeking, and Depoliticization
  • Chung-min Tsai
  • 9. Cross-Strait Economic Relations and China’s Rise: The Case of the IT Sector
  • Tse-Kang Leng
  • 10. Social Entrepreneurialism and Social Media in Post–developmental state Taiwan
  • You-tien Hsing
  • PART III. POLITICAL STRATEGY
  • 11. Pivot, Hedger, or Partner: Strategies of Lesser Powers Caught between Hegemons
  • Yu-Shan Wu
  • 12. A Farewell to Arms? US Security Relations with Taiwan and the Prospects for Stability in the Taiwan Strait
  • Ping-Kuei Chen, Scott L. Kastner, and William L. Reed
  • 13. Xi Jinping’s Taiwan Policy: Boxing Taiwan In with the One-China Framework
  • Jing Huang
  • 14. Strategies of China’s Expansion and Taiwan’s Survival in Southeast Asia: A Comparative Perspective
  • Samuel C. Y. Ku
  • IV. CONCLUSION
  • 15. Taiwan and the Waning Dream of Reunification
  • Lowell Dittmer
  • List of Contributors
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