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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 ...


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 ...