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China and Taiwan

Cross-Strait Relations Under Chen Shui-bian

Sheng Lijun

Publication Year: 2002

In Taiwan's 18 March 2000 presidential election, the Kuomintang (KMT) government was defeated, for the first time after fifty-five years in power, by the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Chen Shui-bian's election victory has significantly changed and further complicated the political and strategic scenarios across the Taiwan Strait. This book is the first major study to investigate what led to this change, how it has affected cross-strait relations and how China will deal with the new government in Taiwan. The author also provides a detailed reading of U.S. military, economic and political involvement in the region and its strategy for Asia and China. Indications of strategic change under the Bush Administration and the possible impact of 11 September on U.S.-China relations are also examined.

Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute


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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. v-vi

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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-5

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. ...

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2. Background

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pp. 6-10

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. ...

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3. Lee Teng-hui and the “Two States” Theory

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pp. 11-39

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”. ...

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4. Taiwan Under President Chen Shui-bian

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pp. 40-69

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, ...

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5. China Responds

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pp. 70-116

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. ...

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6. Conclusion

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pp. 117-119

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. ...

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7. Postscript

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pp. 120-125

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

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p. 126

App 2. The One-China Principle and the Taiwan Issue

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pp. 127-143

App 3. Chen Shui-bian’s Victory Victory Speech after the 10th Republic of China Presidential and Vice-Presidential Election

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pp. 144-146

App 4. Taiwan Stands Up: Advancing to an Uplifting Era

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pp. 147-154


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pp. 155-156


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pp. 157-164

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About the Author

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p. 165

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. ...

E-ISBN-13: 9789812305763
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812300973

Page Count: 165
Publication Year: 2002

Edition: 1

OCLC Number: 606868355
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Subject Headings

  • Taiwan -- Relations -- China.
  • China -- Relations -- Taiwan.
  • Chinese reunification question, 1949-.
  • Taiwan -- Politics and government -- 2000-.
  • Chen, Shuibian 1951-.
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