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Prospects For U.S.-Taiwan Relations, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Oct 2016

Prospects For U.S.-Taiwan Relations, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

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This article contends that the Tsai administration will likely be positive for U.S.- Taiwan relations. While the partnership may well require more work than was expended over the last eight years, the yield may be significant.


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

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

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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.


Taiwan’S Policy Toward The Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands Dispute And The Implications For The Us, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang, Gwendolyn Stamper Oct 2014

Taiwan’S Policy Toward The Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands Dispute And The Implications For The Us, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang, Gwendolyn Stamper

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The long-standing but subdued territorial disputes over a group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, known as Diaoyu in China, Diaoyutai in Taiwan, and Senkaku in Japan, reignited in September 2012 when the Japanese government “nationalized” the islands in a purported “purchase” to pre-empt the controversial purchase proposed by the then-governor of Tokyo, Shintaro Ishihara. While most analysts focus their attention on the rising tensions between China and Japan and the implications for the United States, Taiwan (officially Republic of China, or ROC) is also a claimant and somehow managed to make its presence known through a delicate ...


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

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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

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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

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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

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No abstract provided.


“Chindia” Or Rivalry? Rising China, Rising India, And Contending Perspectives On India-China Relations, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Jan 2011

“Chindia” Or Rivalry? Rising China, Rising India, And Contending Perspectives On India-China Relations, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

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Whether and how India and China manage their futures as rising powers will critically shape international relations in the twenty-first century. These two countries demonstrate sharp contrasts in terms of their political systems, economic models, and social structures, despite their common aspirations for greater stature on the world stage. They have also maintained a very complex relationship that is weighed down by history but also offers promising opportunities in an era of globalization. While the implications for the rise of China have been widely debated, scant scholarly attention has been devoted to the rise of India or to how these ...


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

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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 ...


Indian Perspectives On The Rise Of China: Geopolitical, Geoeconomic, And Geocivilizational Paradigms, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Jul 2009

Indian Perspectives On The Rise Of China: Geopolitical, Geoeconomic, And Geocivilizational Paradigms, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

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One of the most significant developments in the still nascent twenty-first century is the rise of China and India. While the implications for the rise of China have been debated in the global or systemic contexts, as well as regional or bilateral contexts, relatively sparse scholarly discussion has been devoted to either the rise of the other great power - India, or how these two Asian great powers - India and China - perceive the ascendancy of the other state. Yet how these two very different Asian giants perceive each other and consequently negotiate their paths in substantially changed global and regional contexts ...


Respond To China’S Rise And Engage Taiwan, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Jan 2009

Respond To China’S Rise And Engage Taiwan, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

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The article discusses how the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama should handle the issue of U.S. policy toward China as of January 2009. Topics covered include the focus of the U.S. strategic policy on the Middle East following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, China's economic growth rate, the support of China for Asian regionalism that excludes the U.S., and the need to improve U.S. engagement with Taiwan by signing a free-trade agreement with Taipei.


Will Taiwan Contemplate A "Nuclear Option"? Security Imperatives And Normative Transformation, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Apr 2008

Will Taiwan Contemplate A "Nuclear Option"? Security Imperatives And Normative Transformation, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

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This paper examines the role of nuclear weapons, if any, in Taiwan s defense strategy. Facing acute existential threat and having no representation in global and regional security forums, Taiwan has nonetheless chosen nuclear restraint. This is due to instrumental considerations and normative change. While Taiwan is not completely certain about the commitment of its key backer- the United States - to its security (a policy known as "strategic ambiguity''), the main pillars to its security remain conventional deterrence and Americas tacit nuclear umbrella - in addition to its economic strengths and democratic appeal as soft power. The paper explores Taiwan's ...


The Impact Of Taiwan's 2008 Elections On Cross-Strait Relations: A Game-Theoretical Analysis, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Jan 2008

The Impact Of Taiwan's 2008 Elections On Cross-Strait Relations: A Game-Theoretical Analysis, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

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As an “index case” of Third-Wave democracies facing existential threat, Taiwan’s elections entail important implications for study in comparative politics and international relations. In 2008, three important elections help define the course of Taiwan’s democratic development and its relationship with China: the January legislative election, the March presidential election, and a controversial referendum on Taiwan’s United Nations entry. This article employs game theory to analyze the impact of Taiwan’s 2008 elections on cross-strait relations. It develops an “election game” by examining each principal player’s preferences regarding each election. It analyzes Beijing’s possible reaction to ...


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

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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

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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 ...


China's Economic Statecraft Toward Southeast Asia: Free Trade Agreement And "Peaceful Rise", Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Apr 2006

China's Economic Statecraft Toward Southeast Asia: Free Trade Agreement And "Peaceful Rise", Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

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This article examines the China-ASEAN free trade agreement (ACFTA) in light of regionalism in East Asia and China's new diplomacy. Dubbed "peaceful rise," China's new diplomatic strategy seeks to capitalize on globalization to accelerate China's economic development and elevate China's power. In Southeast Asia, "peaceful rise" is promoted through a FTA agenda reflecting geopolitical and geoeconomic objectives - cultivating goodwill among neighbors, maintaining regional stability, and securing key markets and raw materials needed for China's economic growth. China sees ACFTA as a tool to respond to challenges posed by competitive regionalisms in the world economy, cement ...


The U.S.-Japanese Alliance Redefined: Implications For Security In The Taiwan Strait, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Oct 2005

The U.S.-Japanese Alliance Redefined: Implications For Security In The Taiwan Strait, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

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The U.S-Japan alliance was the cornerstone for U.S. strategic posture in the Asia-Pacific and the regions peace and' security during the Cold War. However, success bred complacency, as alliance became adrift. The end of the Cold War, heightened bilateral trade frictions, and new security challenges, such as a rising China, a nuclear-armed North Korea, and terrorism necessitated a reevaluation of this important relationship. This article examines the redefined U.S-Japan alliance and especially the implications of the 1997 Revised Guidelines for the U.S-Japan Defense Cooperation and the 2005 "Two Plus Two" Talks for a military contingency in ...


Transitional Justice And Prospect Of Democratic Consolidation In Taiwan: Democracy And Justice In Newly Democratized Countries, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Jul 2005

Transitional Justice And Prospect Of Democratic Consolidation In Taiwan: Democracy And Justice In Newly Democratized Countries, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

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The issue of justice figures prominently m various stages of democratization yet the topic is still understudied in the broad literature of democratization. The handling of transitional justice is crucial to the successful transition from authoritarian rule to democracy. However, the type of transition (e.g., transformation vs. replacement) also significantly shapes the approach toward transitional justice: forgive and forget vs. prosecute and punish. More importantly, enhancing social justice is essential to the prospect of the upgrading from electoral democracy to liberal democracy. As discussions on Third World democratization move from quantity (democratic enlargement) to quality (democratic consolidation), an examination ...


The Logic Of China-Asean Fta: Economic Statecraft Of "Peaceful Ascendancy", Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Jan 2005

The Logic Of China-Asean Fta: Economic Statecraft Of "Peaceful Ascendancy", Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

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The regional political and economic order in East Asia1 has undergone a significant transformation since the end of the Cold War. One of the most important changes is China's growing clout and influence in this region. Several important factors contribute to this development: China's rapid and sustained economic growth (on average 9 percent per year over the past two decades), Japan's relative decline as a result of its decade-long recession, the 1997-98 Asian Financial Crisis that decimated several high-flying Asian economies, and the stretching-thin of the United States' military resources and political capital due to the ...


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

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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 ...


U.S. Policy Toward Strategic Asia Since September 11: Expanding Power Or Promoting Values?, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Dec 2003

U.S. Policy Toward Strategic Asia Since September 11: Expanding Power Or Promoting Values?, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

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This paper examines the change and continuity of U.S. policy toward Strategic Asia after September 11 and discusses the impact of September 11 on regional security trends. The main arguments are: (1) the anti-terror war codenamed Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)-which successfully destroyed the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization, dislodged the Taliban regime that provided Al-Qaeda with sanctuary in Afghanistan, and then turned to a "second front" in Southeast Asia-has advanced U.S. power and standing in Strategic Asia; (2) OEF constitutes a major ingredient in the emerging Bush Doctrine; (3) while the doctrine exemplified by OEF appears to follow realist ...


China's Information Warfare Discourse: Implications For Asymmetric Conflict In The Taiwan Strait, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Jun 2003

China's Information Warfare Discourse: Implications For Asymmetric Conflict In The Taiwan Strait, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

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This paper discusses the emerging discourse on, and capability of the PRC in, information warfare (IW)--as well as the implications of such developments for cross-Strait and U.S.-PRC relations. Chinese discourse shows that informed PLA officers realize that IW constitutes the war of the future and plays a critical role in the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) --a key step necessary for China's military modernization. One allure of this type of warfare is the potential for China to wage an "asymmetric war" -i.e., the use of surprise force b.v a weaker party against a stronger ...


The Chen Shui-Bian Administrations Mainland Policy: Toward A Modus Vivendi Or Continued Stalemate?, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Oct 2002

The Chen Shui-Bian Administrations Mainland Policy: Toward A Modus Vivendi Or Continued Stalemate?, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

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This article discusses the main elements of the Chen Shui-bian administration's cross-Strait policy, analyzes the policy's key domestic and international determinants, and offers a preliminary assessment on the policy. Chen's crossStrait policy adheres to Taiwan's "economic security" approach to national security. Whereas the previous Lee administration sought to safeguard national security by reducing economic dependence on the mainland, Chen's policy strives to normalize cross-Strait economic relations as an important pillar to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. Although Chen has accelerated his political maturation, his China policy continues to be constrained by various factors ...


Asymmetric War? Implications For China's Information Warfare Strategies, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Jan 2002

Asymmetric War? Implications For China's Information Warfare Strategies, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

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This essay discusses the emerging discourse and capability of the PRC on information warfare (IW) and the implications of such developments on cross-Strait and US-PRC relations. It finds that the PRC's endeavors in IW stem from the conviction among certain well-informed writers in the PLA that IW occupies a crucial place for a Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) in China's military modernization. Chinese strategists explore IW's potential for China to wage an "asymmetric war" (defined as the use of surprise force by a weaker party against a stronger but vulnerable adversary) by applying traditional strategems (e.g ...


Globalization And The Developmental State: Reflections On The Asian Financial Crisis, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Jan 2002

Globalization And The Developmental State: Reflections On The Asian Financial Crisis, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

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This chapter discusses the challenges that globalization poses to the developmental state. It argues that the crisis induced by participation in the global economy has made it imperative to reform, but not jettison, the state. It will begin with an argument for placing the present globalization in a longer historical context. Then, it will contrast two different theories on the East Asian economic miracle that are relevant to the discussions on globalization. It will then show the degree of Asia's globalization in light of certain commonly used indicators so as to establish a partial account of the Asian financial ...


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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No abstract provided.


Bill Clinton's "Three Noes" And Taiwan's Future, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Jan 1999

Bill Clinton's "Three Noes" And Taiwan's Future, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

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Diplomatic historians and political scientists have warned that when great powers make war or love, the smaller countries nearby feel the tremors.1 As they look back, President Bill Clinton's 1998 summit visit to China marked the emergence of a new world order: With the end of the Cold War, China is poised to become a potential superpower, and its future evolution will have great implications for the U.S. "For better or worse, the U.S.Chinese relationship seems destined to be one of the principal pivots in international relations well into the 21st century," as Walter Russell ...


How Can Taiwan Enter The United Nations?: Implications Of The Roc's Quest For International Recognition, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Jan 1997

How Can Taiwan Enter The United Nations?: Implications Of The Roc's Quest For International Recognition, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

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Most existing literature on the issue of Taiwan's admittance into the United Nations (UN) focuses on why Taiwan should have a seat in the UN, by invoking the UN's principle of universality. This paper focuses on how: the strategies and approaches.1

The government of the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan has so far adopted an open-ended yet passive strategy. In 1993 it knocked on the UN's door for the first time since 1971, when the People's Republic of China (PRC) replaced it in the UN. Taiwan requested seven Central American states to ask the ...


Rethinking Us-Taiwan Relations After The Cold War: Creative Ambiguity Vs. Assertive Democratization, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Oct 1996

Rethinking Us-Taiwan Relations After The Cold War: Creative Ambiguity Vs. Assertive Democratization, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

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This paper seeks to explore whether it is possible for the U.S. to pursue parallel relationships with Taiwan and China, that is, whether U.S.-Taiwan relations can be "decoupled" from the Washington-Taipei-Beijing triangle. It will first provide a brief overview on how the U.S.-Taiwan relations have evolved since 1949, when the reality of two Chinas set in with the founding of the People's Republic. Then it will discuss the framework of current U.S. policy toward Taiwan. In light of significant developments within each country involved in recent years, this paper will question the policy ...


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

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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 ...