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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 ...


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 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

Politics Faculty Publications and Presentations

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 ...