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In Memoriam: Natale H. Bellocchi, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Apr 2015

In Memoriam: Natale H. Bellocchi, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

Politics Faculty Publications and Presentations

The American Association for Chinese Studies pays tribute to Natale H. Bellocchi, devoted former AACS Board member and former Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan.


Asean And Recent Tensions In The South China Sea, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Jan 2014

Asean And Recent Tensions In The South China Sea, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

Politics Faculty Publications and Presentations

This chapter examines how ASEAN as a regional organization has responded to recent South China Sea disputes and maritime incidents amidst the emerging geostrategic competition between the U.S. and mainland China. It first traces the key drivers contributing to the heightened tensions, including the claimant states' legal maneuvers (domestic laws and UN Convention on the Law of Seas), the U.S. "Pivot" (or Rebalancing) Policy, and the claimants' increasing unilateral measures to create "facts on the ground." It then reviews ASEAN's successes and failures in forging institutional responses to mainland China's increasingly assertive moves by discussing its ...


Financial Crisis And Asia's Changing Balance Of Powers, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Jan 2013

Financial Crisis And Asia's Changing Balance Of Powers, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

Politics Faculty Publications and Presentations

The 2008 financial crisis led to the most serious global recession since the 1930s (Krugman 2009). The crisis originated in the United States, with its origin in the excess in the US housing and mortgage markets. Persistent high unemployment and declining personal net worth contributed to Americans' sense of insecurity and turned their attention inward: reorginizing dysfunctional financial institutions, revitalizing the economy, adopting a more cautious foreign policy, and locking in presidential election-year politicking. Beginning in 2011, several European countries became afflicted with economic crises, threatening the cohesiveness and viability of the euro zone. While traditional American and European powerhouses ...


The Rise Of China, The Rise Of India, And The Changing Geopolitics Of Asia: Contending Perspectives On India-China Relations, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Jan 2012

The Rise Of China, The Rise Of India, And The Changing Geopolitics Of Asia: Contending Perspectives On India-China Relations, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

Politics Faculty Publications and Presentations

An important global development in the first decade of the 21st century is the rise of large developing countries. Grouped as BRICs,1 these fast growing nations have catapulted over the "emerging economies" status and are poised to play greater roles on the world stage. Table 1 establishes the increasing importance of BRICs vis-a-vis established great powers. It also shows long-term trends that portend the changing balance of power in world political and economic affairs. Of particular note is the rise of China and India-the two most populous nations on earth that together make up nearly two-fifths of humankind. The ...


Commentary: The Eight Dimensions Of A Cross-Strait Peace Agreement, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Jan 2012

Commentary: The Eight Dimensions Of A Cross-Strait Peace Agreement, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

Politics Faculty Publications and Presentations

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The Strengths And Weaknesses Of The Taiwan Relations Act: Enduring Framework Or Accidental Success, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Jan 2011

The Strengths And Weaknesses Of The Taiwan Relations Act: Enduring Framework Or Accidental Success, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

Politics Faculty Publications and Presentations

This chapter examines a unique feature and important factor that helps shape the changing dynamics of the relations among China, Taiwan, and the United States - the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA). More than thirty years ago, on 15 December 1978, United States President Jimmy Carter announced that the U.S. government would terminate diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan and recognize the People's Republic of China (PRC) on the mainland. The news unsettled my carefree days as a freshman at National Taiwan University. The mood on campus was gloomy and pessimism permeated the society. Many people ...


Taiwan: Conventional Deterrence, Soft Power, And The Nuclear Option, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Jan 2008

Taiwan: Conventional Deterrence, Soft Power, And The Nuclear Option, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

Politics Faculty Publications and Presentations

Taiwan (officially Republic of China [ROC]) meets most definitions of existential insecurity-through its entire experience as a separate political entity-in a way that few other Asian cases do (Solingen 2007: u5). Not only does it face the People's Republic of China's [PRC's]) unremitting political, economic, and military pressure, but its statehood is unrecognized by most major states and intergovernmental organizations. China's rapid military buildup since 1990 has raised the concern that the cross-Strait military balance has begun to shift in China's favor (Office of the Secretary of Defense 2006: 37; Shambaugh 2000). The military imbalance ...


The Chinese Military And The "Taiwan Issue": How China Assesses Its Security Environment, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Apr 2007

The Chinese Military And The "Taiwan Issue": How China Assesses Its Security Environment, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

Politics Faculty Publications and Presentations

This paper sheds light on the strategic outlook of the world's largest yet understudied armed force - China's People's Liberation Army (PLA). With its sheer size, rapidly increasing capabilities, and uncertain intentions, the PLA will be the vital pillar for a militarily powerful China, and how China's military assess the country's security environment affects the viability of the country's stated development strategy of "peaceful rise." This paper argues that the so-called "Taiwan issue" importantly shapes China's foreign policy and military modernization. Although the PLA is a party army entrusted to defend against threats to ...


Refunctionalizing A Frayed American China-Taiwan Policy: Incrementalism Or Paradigmatic Shift?, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang, Liao Da-Chi Oct 2004

Refunctionalizing A Frayed American China-Taiwan Policy: Incrementalism Or Paradigmatic Shift?, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang, Liao Da-Chi

Politics Faculty Publications and Presentations

This paper is interested in exploring whether it is possible for the US. to pursue parallel relationships with Taiwan and China, that is, whether US.-Taiwan relations can be "decoupled" from the Washington-Beijing relationship? This paper uses a spatial model to review how US-Taiwan relations have evolved since 1949, when the reality of two Chinas set in with the founding of the PRC. It discusses the increasingly unbalanced "dual track" framework of current US. policy toward China and Taiwan and contrasts the changing contexts between the SCP's time and the present post-Cold War era. It examines those most important ...


September 11 And U.S. Relations With Asia: Change And Continuity, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Jan 2002

September 11 And U.S. Relations With Asia: Change And Continuity, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

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All Dressed Up But Not Invited To The Party: Can Taiwan Join The United Nations Now The Cold War Is Over?, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Jan 1996

All Dressed Up But Not Invited To The Party: Can Taiwan Join The United Nations Now The Cold War Is Over?, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

Politics Faculty Publications and Presentations

History is full of ironies and surprises. The end of the Cold War has injected some new vitality to the once moribund United Nations. Originally formed to promote peace, security, and cooperation among the world's nations, the United Nations, however, until recently was made alternately ineffective and irrelevant by the East-West and the North-South conflicts. But thanks to an increasing need for global governance in the post-Cold War era, the United Nations seems suddenly thrust back into limelight. It is entrusted to play an even more forceful role on a wide array of important issues in the future, from ...


Developing The Information Industry In Taiwan: Entrepreneurial State, Guerrilla Capitalists, And Accommodative Technologists, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Jan 1995

Developing The Information Industry In Taiwan: Entrepreneurial State, Guerrilla Capitalists, And Accommodative Technologists, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

Politics Faculty Publications and Presentations

In sum, the contours of Taiwan's high-technology development have been shaped by a dynamic trio of entrepreneurial state, guerrilla capitalists, and accommodative technologists.

The first section discusses the linkages between Taiwan's IT development and its previous development strategies. The second sections reviews the key policies of Taiwan's IT strategy. The third section examines the major institutions responsible for promoting IT in Taiwan. This paper concludes with a summary of the political economy of Taiwanese success in high-tech industries in light of relevant theories.


How Can Taiwan Enter The United Nations? History, Issues, And Approaches, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Oct 1994

How Can Taiwan Enter The United Nations? History, Issues, And Approaches, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

Politics Faculty Publications and Presentations

This paper examines the history and issues related to, as well as offers some suggestions to, Taiwan's efforts to enter the United Nations. It first juxtaposes the UN's idealism (universal representation) with its realism (power politics) and reviews the evolution of the China representation issue in light of the changing politics in the United Nations. Then it tests Taiwan's statehood, which is requisite for UN membership, and discusses the domestic and international reasons for Taiwan's UN bid. In the final section, the paper demonstrates the prerequisites, models, and approaches for Taiwan's reentry into the United ...