Taiwan and the Changing Dynamics of Sino-US Relations
A Relationality Approach
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Wang discusses the dynamics of Sino-US Relations since 2008 and the implications for relations between Taiwan and both the US 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" towards 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 US, 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 emphasises the "small power" and "disputed nation-state" perspective of Taiwan, over the "great power politics" of the US 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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: China-US Relations Pessimism in Light of Power-Detached Relationality
Chapter 3: A Multilateral Framework for US-Taiwan Relations: An Interest-Detached Relationality
Chapter 4: China’s Position on UN Charter Reforms: A Relationality Dilemma
Chapter 5: A Cold Peace in Cross-Strait Relations: Relationality Without Consensus
Chapter 6: Taiwan-Related Images in Time and Newsweek
Chapter 7: Conclusion
Appendix: Individuals interviewed for this book and their affiliations
Hung-jen Wang is an Associate 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).