1st Edition

Taiwan and the Changing Dynamics of Sino-US Relations A Relational Approach

By Hung-Jen Wang Copyright 2022
    86 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    86 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Wang discusses the dynamics of Sino–US relations since 2008 and the implications for relations between Taiwan and both the United States and the People’s Republic of China.

    Ever since China surpassed Japan to become the world’s second largest economy, it has appeared to shift its policy shift from “biding our time” and a self-described “peaceful rise” toward increased assertiveness in regional and international affairs. This has only become more pronounced since the 19th Party National Congress in October 2017, when Xi Jinping reiterated his agenda for “the Chinese Dream.” In contrast, the US’s “Pivot to Asia” strategy has been widely perceived as unsuccessful. In its precarious political position between China and the United States, Taiwan is especially exposed to the fluctuations in policy and diplomatic relations between the two powers. The three bilateral relationships are intertwined, with policy changes and actions in any one of them affecting the other two. Wang emphasizes the “small power” and “disputed nation-state” perspective of Taiwan, over the “great power politics” of the United States and China. In doing so, he presents an analysis of how the changing dynamics of Sino–US relations and the great power transition in Asia have an impact on smaller stakeholders in the region.

    A valuable resource for scholars and policy-makers with a focus on Taiwan’s position in Sino–US relations.

    1 Introduction

    2 China–US Relations Pessimism in Light of Power-Detached Relationality

    3 A Multilateral Framework for US–Taiwan Relations: An Interest-Detached Relationality

    4 China’s Position on UN Charter Reforms: A Relationality Dilemma

    5 A Cold Peace in Cross-Strait Relations: Relationality Without Consensus

    6 Taiwan-Related Images in Time and Newsweek

    7 In Lieu of a Conclusion: Five Implications

    Appendix: Individuals interviewed for this book and their affiliations


    Hung-Jen Wang is Professor of Political Science at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. He is currently also the Secretary-General at the Taiwan Society of Japan Studies (TSJS)