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Economic Integration, Democratization and National Security in East Asia

Shifting Paradigms in US, China and Taiwan Relations Edited by Peter C.Y. Chow, Professor of Economics, City College and Graduate Center, City University of New York, US
The US policy of supporting a democratic Taiwan while simultaneously engaging China is a delicate and complex balance, with outcomes critical to economic, security and strategic interests in Asia. At the same time, rising Taiwanese identity amid the emerging power of China continues to change the paradigm. The contributors to this volume explore the political and economic dimensions of this complicated and pressing issue.
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Publication Date: 2007
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The US policy of supporting a democratic Taiwan while simultaneously engaging China is a delicate and complex balance, with outcomes critical to economic, security and strategic interests in Asia. At the same time, rising Taiwanese identity amid the emerging power of China continues to change the paradigm. The contributors to this volume explore the political and economic dimensions of this complicated and pressing issue.

Whether the US–China relationship evolves as one of ‘strategic partners’ or ‘strategic competitors’ will significantly affect power relations between Washington, Beijing and Taipei. More generally, it will set the tone for peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia Pacific. Peter Chow examines the potential crisis, as well as mitigating influences, by investigating political, economic and security considerations affecting cross-Taiwan Strait relations. He presents broad coverage of recent changes of policy in Taiwan, China and the US, with special emphasis on the adjustments of American policy on Taiwanese identity amid its democratization. An overall evaluation of current US policies toward China based on ‘realism’ and ‘idealism’ illustrates the shifting US–China–Taiwan relations.

This insightful treatment will be of great interest to students and scholars of international relations, political economy, foreign relations, Asian studies, political science and economics. Civic leaders and representatives of interest groups involved with US–China–Taiwan relations will find the volume of great value in their work.
‘The book offers such significantly in-depth evidence of the tremendous complexities involved in PRC-ROC relations that scholars and policymakers alike will greatly appreciate its broader applicability to current comparative research on contemporary East Asia.’
– Lisa Fischler, East Asia Integration Studies

‘Professor Chow has put together an excellent collection of papers analyzing some of the most important political and economic issues in East Asia. The focus is on Taiwan, but several chapters deal separately with the United States, China, North Korea, Japan, and the EU. This is a very useful publication for those interested in contemporary East Asia.’
– Thomas J. Bellows, The University of Texas at San Antonio, US and Editor, American Journal of Chinese Studies
Contributors: N. Bellocchi, P. Brookes, T.-J. Chen, T.-J. Cheng, P.C.Y. Chow, D. Ciuriak, M.T. Cooke, J. deLisle, J.T. Dreyer, R.D. Fisher, E. Friedman, F.S.T. Hsiao, M.-C.W. Hsiao, Y.-M. Hsu, Y.-H. Ku, R. Sutter, A.K. Young
Contents:

Foreword
Michael Yahuda

Preface

PART I: INTRODUCTION
1. The Shifting Paradigm in US, China and Taiwan Relations: Causes and Implications for US Economic, Security and Strategic Interests
Peter C.Y. Chow

PART II: DEMOCRATIZATION IN TAIWAN AND ITS IMPACTS ON THE TRIANGULAR RELATIONS
2. China’s Incorporation of Taiwan: The Manipulation of Community Tensions
Edward Friedman

3. Taiwan’s Party System, Coalition Politics and Cross-Strait Relations
Tun-Jen Cheng and Yung-Ming Hsu

4. US Response to Rising Taiwanese Identity and China’s Emerging Power
June Teufel Dreyer

5. Legislating the Cross-Strait Status Quo? China’s Anti-Secession Law, Taiwan’s Constitutional Reform and Referenda, and the United States’ Taiwan Relations Act
Jacques deLisle

6. Taiwan’s Choices
Nat Bellocchi

PART III: ECONOMIC INTEGRATION AND SECURITY OF THE GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS
7. Growing East Asian Trade and Economic Integration:
Implications for Economic Relations Across the Taiwan Strait
Dan Ciuriak

8. Taiwan and East Asian Integration
Tain-Jy Chen and Ying-Hua Ku

9. Prospects of a US–Taiwan Free Trade Agreement: The China Factor and Critical Assessments
Frank S.T. Hsiao and Mei-Chu W. Hsiao

10. Taiwan’s FTA Bid: Process and Prospects from the Global IT Supply Chain Perspective
Merritt T. Cooke

PART IV: US STRATEGIC AND SECURITY INTERESTS IN ASIA
11. US Leadership in Asia in the Second Term of the Bush Administration and the Challenge of China’s Rise
Robert Sutter

12. North Korea’s Nuclear Threat and its Impact on Taiwan’s Security
Richard D. Fisher

13. Has There Been a Shift in Japanese Policy Toward China?
Alexander K. Young

14. The Lifting of the EU Arms Embargo on China: An American Perspective
Peter Brookes

PART V: POSTSCRIPT
15. China’s Strategy: ‘Licking the US Without Firing a Shot’
Alexander K. Young

Index