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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

Politics Faculty Publications and Presentations

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.


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 ...


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

Politics Faculty Publications and Presentations

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 ...