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Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Roy Kamphausen Taiwan: The Tail That Wags Dogs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Michael McDevitt Changing Security and Political Contexts of Japan-Taiwan Relations: A View From Japan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Yoshihide Soeya Reaffirming the “Taiwan Clause”: Japan’s National Interest in the Taiwan Strait and the U.S.-Japan Alliance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 James Auer and Tetsuo Kotani Japanese-Taiwanese Relations and the Role of China and the U.S.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Philip Yang Table of Contents  Issue Summary This issue of the NBR Analysis analyzes the nature of, and trends in, Japan-Taiwan relations and draws implications for the United States, particularly in the event of a crisis occurring in the Taiwan Strait. Main Argument: A strengthened U.S.-Japan alliance is the best mechanism to ensure Tokyo’s support for U.S. military intervention in any crisis in the Taiwan Strait. Any efforts undertaken by Washington to deepen and strengthen ties with Japan will—regardless of their nature—serve the strategic end of improving the alliance, and thus increase the likelihood of the United States receiving assistance from Japan in a crisis. Policy Implications: • The February 19, 2005 U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee Joint Statement— which noted the commitment of the alliance to a peaceful resolution of the Taiwan Strait issue—does not reflect a departure from the alliance’s original purpose, but is an appropriate adjustment of the alliance to new challenges. • The most successful strategy would likely be for Washington to undertake a less public campaign—prior to any Taiwan Strait crisis—to secure Tokyo’s assistance in the event of any such escalation of tension. • In seeking Japanese support, Washington should be sensitive to the enormous pressures Tokyo faces in dealing with Beijing. These challenges can be political, often stemming from unresolved issues related to Japan’s World War II invasion of China. The problems can also be economic, as Japan’s trade with China has become necessary for Japan’s domestic economic growth. • U.S. consultation with Japan—undertaken within the alliance structure—regarding the best strategy to perpetuate cross-Strait stability might both help regain the diplomatic initiative from Taiwan and reduce the likelihood that Taipei would resort to actions that could provoke a conflict with Beijing. • A strengthened U.S.-Japan alliance may also assist other regional players who, due to China ’s growing economic power and influence, face pressure to accommodate Beijing in the security realm. ...

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ISBN
9781939131225
MARC Record
OCLC
868219407
Pages
230
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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