Relations between Taiwan and the Peoples Republic of China have oscillated between outright hostility and wary detente ever since the Archipelago seceded from the Communist mainland over six decades ago. While the mainland has long coveted the island, Taiwan has resisted - aided by the United States which continues to play a decisive role in cross-strait relations today.
In this comprehensive analysis, noted China specialist Steven Goldstein shows that although relations between Taiwan and its larger neighbor have softened, underlying tensions remain unresolved. These embers of conflict could burst into flames at any point, engulfing the whole region and potentially dragging the United States into a dangerous confrontation with the PRC
Guiding readers expertly through the historical background to the complexities of this fragile peace, Goldstein discusses the shifting economic, political and security terrain, and examines the pivotal role played by the United States in providing weapons and diplomatic support to Taiwan whilst managing a complex relationship with an increasingly powerful China. Drawing on a wealth of newly declassified material, this compelling and insightful book is an invaluable guide to one of the worlds riskiest, long-running conflicts.
CHAPTER 1: An Island of Unsettled Status
Chapter 2: The Cold War in Asia and After
CHAPTER 3- Normalization and New Problems
CHAPTER 4- The Challenges of a Democratic Taiwan
CHAPTER 5- Period of High Danger
CHAPTER 6: Satisfying Washington and Beijing
CHAPTER 7- Economic Relations
CHAPTER 8- The Security Dimension
"Trying to understand the history of the China-Taiwan-US triangle is like getting through a maze. The issues are complex. Each government has its own particular policy framework. And theres a bewildering lexicon of terms. For the best guidebook through the maze, read Steve Goldsteins China and Taiwan."
Richard C. Bush, Brookings
"In a highly readable narrative, Steven Goldstein provides rare insights not only into current Taiwan society and cross-Strait relations but also the critical underlying historical background. No other source covers that ground so comprehensively yet so accessibly. China and Taiwan is required reading for anyone seeking to understand the challenges and opportunities ahead."
Alan Romberg, The Stimson Center