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If China Attacks Taiwan
Military Strategy, Politics and Economics

Edited By

Steve Tsang

ISBN 9780415407854
Published January 13, 2006 by Routledge
234 Pages

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Book Description

This is a new analysis of the key issues facing Chinese policy makers in their approach towards Taiwan. This is one of the most tense and potentially explosive relationships in world politics.

This book explains succinctly the impetus, the methods and the consequences if China is to use force, a prospect that has become greater following the return of President Chen Shui-bian to power in Taiwan for a second term in 2004.

If China Attacks Taiwan shows how in reality there can be no real winner in such an eventuality and how the consequences would be dire not just for Taiwan and China, but East Asia as a whole. Whether China will use force depends ultimately on how its policy making apparatus assess potential US intervention, whether its armed forces can subdue Taiwan and counter US military involvement, as well as on its assessment of the likely consequences. Given the extremely high probability of American involvement this volume appeals to not only scholars and students working on China, its foreign policy and the security and prosperity of East Asia, but also to policy makers and journalists interested in China’s rise and its defense policy, Taiwan’s security and development, regional stability as well as US policy toward China and the East Asia region generally. This text is also essential for understanding China’s efforts to achieve a ‘peaceful rise’, which requires it to transform itself into a global power not by the actual use of force but by diplomacy backed up by rapidly expanding military power.

This book is an excellent resource for all students and scholars of military and security studies, Asian (China/Taiwan) studies and international relations

Table of Contents

Preface & Acknowledgements Notes on the Contributors  1. Drivers behind the use of force Part I. Policy Framework  2. Political and military factors determining China’s use of force Chapter 3. The US policy of dual deterrence Part II. China’s Capacity to Use Force  4. Short-range ballistic missile capabilities  5. Unconventional warfare options Chapter  6. Controlling the airspace over the Taiwan Strait  7. Command of the sea Chapter 8. Amphibious capabilities  9. Industrial, technological, economic and infrastructure capacity, Tai-ming Cheung Part III. The Cost of a War to China  10. Diplomatic consequences  11. Economic and political costs

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Steve Tsang, is University Reader in Politics and Louis Cha Fellow in Modern Chinese Studies at St Antony's College, Oxford University, where he is also Director of the Taiwan Studies Programme. He had previously served as Director of the Asian Studies Centre and as Dean of St Antony’s. His main publications include 9 books, of which the most recent are Peace and Security Across the Taiwan Strait (2004); and A Modern History of Hong Kong (2004). A new book The Cold War’s Odd Couple: The Unintended Partnership between the United Kingdom and the Republic of China, 1950-1958, will be published by I.B. Tauris in 2005.