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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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

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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 ...


From The Thirteenth To The Fourteenth Party Congress: Promises And Challenges Of The Prc's Economic Reform, The Roc's Political Democratization And China's National Reintegration, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Oct 1992

From The Thirteenth To The Fourteenth Party Congress: Promises And Challenges Of The Prc's Economic Reform, The Roc's Political Democratization And China's National Reintegration, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

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The thirteenth party congresses of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Kuomintang (KMT) were arguably the most important vantage points in contemporary Chinese political history. They symbolized an apex of reformist political currents in the People's Republic of China (PRC) on the mainland and the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan, respectively. The congresses ushered in a period of unprecedented change and uncertainty, hope and despair. Many analysts' earlier euphoria, however, gave way to sober reassessment, as each polity encountered tremendous challenges. In particular, the Tiananmen Massacre served as a rude awakening to the seemingly irresolvable tension between ...


U.S.-Taiwan Cigarettes, Beer And Wine-Trade Negotiation: A Study Of Collective Action, Public Goods And Game Theory, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang, Samuel Chang-Yung Ku Apr 1987

U.S.-Taiwan Cigarettes, Beer And Wine-Trade Negotiation: A Study Of Collective Action, Public Goods And Game Theory, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang, Samuel Chang-Yung Ku

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