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NBR Analysis

Volume 16

National Bureau of Asian Research

Publication Year: 2002

This publication collects all five issues in volume 16 of the NBR Analysis, which offers timely essays on the most important economic, political, and strategic issues in the Asia-Pacific region

Published by: National Bureau of Asian Research


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pp. 1-2


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pp. i-4

Japan-Taiwan Interaction:Implications for the United States

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pp. 3-8

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pp. 4-13

The anti-secession law passed by China’s national People’s Congress on March 14, 2005 has raised concern that renewed military tension might occur across the Taiwan strait. Given that assistance from Japan would be an important factor in the effective-ness of any military component of a U.s. response to further escalation of tension, in-sight into the likely extent of Japanese support for U.s. policy in the strait is of pressing ...

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Taiwan: The Tail That Wags Dogs

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pp. 14-37

This essay explores how Taiwan has been able to seize the political initiative from the three great powers in northeast asia—China, Japan, and the United states. Taiwan has attained this leverage due to the interrelationship of four factors:• strategic considerations stemming from Taiwan’s geographic position in northeast asia lead Tokyo and Washington to prefer the status quo, while leading China to strive for ...

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Changing Security and Political Contexts of Japan-Taiwan Relations: A View From Japan

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pp. 38-57

This essay examines changing Japan-Taiwan relations in the post-Cold War period by fo-cusing on: the reaffirmation process of the U.s.-Japan alliance since the mid-1990s, Japanese cooperation with the U.s. Missile Defense programs and the military transformation of Japan’s self-Defense Forces, the question of arms exports by Japan, and expanding political contacts Japan’s international security policy has become remarkably proactive of late. However, ...

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Reaffirming the “Taiwan Clause”: Japan’s National Interest in the Taiwan Strait and the U.S.-Japan Alliance

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pp. 58-83

This essay explores Japan’s growing awareness of its own national interest both in the sta-• The 1996 Taiwan strait crisis demonstrated the very real possibility of military action in the Taiwan strait impacting Japan’s vital sea-lanes and bilateral trade relationships with • Japan has insufficient resources to ensure cross-strait stability. Only the United states has such resources and an interest in maintaining stability in the Taiwan strait....

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Japanese-Taiwanese Relations and the Role of China and the U.S

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pp. 84-106

This essay addresses how sino-Japanese relations affect Japanese-Taiwanese relations, the role of the United states in this relationship, and Japan’s position via China and Taiwan.after the March 1996 Taiwan strait crisis and the september 11 incidents, the Japanese government is seeking to allay its growing concerns cross-strait and regional stability by playing a more active role in cross-strait and U.s.-Taiwan security relations....

Appendix I

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pp. 107-109

Appendix II

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pp. 110-114

The Power of Globalization

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pp. 117-123

Sparked by the WTO riots in Seattle in 1999 and underscored by the populism of Hugo Chavez and the massive demonstrations in Argentina this November, the debate over “globalization” is the contemporary variation of the enduring battle between capitalism and its enemies. The resilience of anti–free market politics may seem ironic in view of both the massive collapse of the great socialist experiments of the twentieth ...

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Executive Summary

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pp. 124-138

This essay is a call for globalization’s supporters to seize the initiative from globalization’s opponents, communicate more effectively to the public the substantial benefits of globaliza-tion and free trade, and push both for progress in the Doha round and for requisite domestic Criticisms of globalization notwithstanding, free markets and trade have benefited man-kind by promoting faster economic growth, which in turn has helped alleviate poverty, encour-...

The Globalization of Corporate China

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pp. 135-140

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pp. 137-141

Although China’s economic growth has been making headlines for more than two decades, most of corporate China’s ventures into the international market have occurred discretely below the radar. This certainly was not the case with China national Offshore Oil Corporation’s (CnOOC) bid for Unocal in June 2005, which ignited a Congressional furor and raised the specter of the “China threat.” China had seemingly transformed ...

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Executive Summary

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pp. 138-163

Fierce economic competition and declining domestic revenues, combined with government encouragement and financial support, are pushing Chinese firms to globalize in order to establish local sales and distribution networks in host countries, support exports and open up new markets, secure access to raw materials and natural resources, and acquire technology, cutting-edge manufacturing...

Volume 16, Number 4

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pp. 166-170

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pp. 167-168

...in addition to fulfilling his other considerable duties, Deputy secretary of state robert Zoellick has been charged with leading the senior Dialog, our highest-level, diplomatic discussion with China. To share the thinking behind that process with inter-ested americans, he delivered a remarkable address before the national Committee on U.s.-China relations on september 21, 2005 in new york. in his remarks he established ...

Whither China: From Membership to Responsibility?

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pp. 169-178

Whither U.S.-China Relations?

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pp. 179-180

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Zoellick’s Roadmap and the Future of U.S.-China Relations

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pp. 181-190

On September 21, 2005 Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick delivered a speech to the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations that painstakingly detailed the upside and downside—the yin and the yang—of the complex, often troubled relationship between the United States and China. Zoellick’s blunt and forthright policy address has produced aftershocks on two continents. Some have called the speech refreshingly candid, while others have...

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Zoellick’s China

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pp. 191-192

On september 21, 2005 in new york, then deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick, the acknowledged intellectual powerhouse of the bush administration, delivered a nuanced presentation detailing the complexities of the U.s.-China relationship. rarely, if ever, has a sub-cabinet official presented a speech of such consequence and at such an important juncture. Zoellick argued for a policy of continued broad engagement and ...

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United States Policy Toward China: A Timely Restatement

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pp. 193-200

...since 1972 seven U.s. presidents have promoted a remarkably consistent policy of engagement with China. Given the worldwide changes in the past three decades, as well as painful perturbations in China itself, this essential steadiness is all the more remark-able. skeptics in and out of the United states have raised doubts at every turn, many with entirely valid justification. but U.s. engagement with China, whether in the form of bill ...

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Toward a Stable and Constructive China Policy

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pp. 201-204

...secretary of state robert Zoellick’s presentation of the bush administration’s agen-da for U.s.-China relations is remarkable both for what it omits as well for what it in-cludes. One of the foreign policy issues that received the least attention by Zoellick is Taiwan. Having previously constituted the most dangerous and intractable dilemma in U.s.-China relations, the Taiwan issue looks increasingly amenable to a peaceful reso-...

Congress and the Updating of theU.S.-China Relationship

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pp. 207-208

There is a Chinese (and indian) proverb well known in the West—blind Men Feeling the Elephant (盲人摸象)—in which several blind men, each touching a differ -ent part of an elephant, seek to identify what is in their hands. One man, holding the tail, declares the object is a rope; another touches the elephant’s side and identifies it as a wall, and so on. The tusk becomes a spear, the trunk a snake, the leg a tree, and the ear ...

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Congress and the Updating of the U.S.-China Relationship

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pp. 209-230

Although the United States benefits from ensuring that an effective and educated message emanates from Congress, unfocused debate has lately diluted the effectiveness of Congress— both rhetorically and legislatively—when legitimate issues are brought to the floor. This essay thus seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of trade, security, and other relations between the United States and China, and offers a framework...

E-ISBN-13: 9781939131225

Page Count: 230
Publication Year: 2002