China and Taiwan
Cross-Strait Relations Under Chen Shui-bian
Publication Year: 2002
Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute
Title Page, Copyright Page
Since his election on 18 March 2000, Taiwan’s new President Chen Shui-bian has surprised many people by his flexibility in handling the tension across the Taiwan Strait. He has not adopted the provocative style of his predecessor Lee Teng-hui, and as he himself often did before becoming President. ...
During the Mao Zedong era, China had two distinct policies towards Taiwan. From 1949 to the early 1950s, Mao was determined to liberate Taiwan through force. From the early 1950s to the late 1970s, China, though still mainly basing its Taiwan policy on liberation through force, started to propose negotiations with Taiwan. ...
3. Lee Teng-hui and the “Two States” Theory
In an interview with a German radio station, Deutche Welle, on 9 July 1999, Lee Teng-hui, to the surprise of many, for the first time openly defined the relations between mainland China and Taiwan as “between two countries (guojia), at least special relations between two countries”. ...
4. Taiwan Under President Chen Shui-bian
Taiwan’s presidential election, held on 18 March 2000, saw the defeat of the Kuomintang (KMT) government, for the first time after fifty-five years in power, by the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The election race drew a field of five: the KMT’s Lien Chan, the then Vice-President, ...
5. China Responds
As a long-term strategy, Beijing will continue to insist on the “one China” principle, and push for political negotiation on reunification, earlier “three links”, as well as cross-strait cultural and educational exchanges. It will continue to encourage Taiwanese business people to invest in the mainland. ...
Taiwan missed the best opportunity to cement a favourable and peaceful cross-strait arrangement in the late 1980s and the early 1990s when Beijing was most eager to make huge concessions. As discussed earlier, Lee Teng-hui misperceived and mismanaged this opportunity. ...
This book focuses on cross-strait relations from early 2000 when Chen Shuibian won the presidential election in Taiwan up to August 2001 when the manuscript was submitted for publication. Events after that date have further proved the major arguments in the book. ...
App 1. The April 2001 U.S. Arms Sales to Taiwan
App 2. The One-China Principle and the Taiwan Issue
App 3. Chen Shui-bian’s Victory Victory Speech after the 10th Republic of China Presidential and Vice-Presidential Election
App 4. Taiwan Stands Up: Advancing to an Uplifting Era
About the Author
Sheng Lijun is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asia Studies, Singapore. He received his Master’s degree from the Australian National University (ANU) and his Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, Australia. ...
Page Count: 165
Publication Year: 2002
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