1st Edition

Taiwan, the United States, and the Hidden History of the Cold War in Asia Divided Allies

By Hsiao-Ting Lin Copyright 2022
    260 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the challenges which faced the United States and Taiwanese alliance during the Cold War, addressing a wide range of events and influences of the period between the 1950s and 1970s.

    Tackling seven main topics to outline the fluctuations of the U.S.–Taiwan relationship, this volume highlights the impact of the mainland counteroffensive, the offshore islands, Tibet, Taiwan’s secret operations in Asia, Taiwan’s Soviet and nuclear gambits, Chinese representation in the United Nations, and the Vietnam War. Utilizing multinational archival research, particularly the newly available materials from Taiwan and the United States, to reevaluate Taiwan’s foreign policy during the Cold War, revealing a pragmatic and opportunistic foreign policy disguised in nationalistic rhetoric. Moreover, this study represents a departure from previous scholarship, emphasizing the dictatorial and incompetent nature of the Chinese Nationalist regime, to provide fresh insights into the nature of U.S.–Taiwan relations.

    Presenting a revisionist view of one of the strongest bilateral relationships of the Cold War, this will be an insightful resource for scholars and students of Chinese and East Asia History, Cold War History, Asian Studies, and International Relations.

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    Acronyms and abbreviations

    Glossary of names and terms



    1 The offshore islands

    2 The mainland counteroffensive

    3 Tibet

    4 The Cold War in Asia

    5 The United Nations

    6 The Vietnam War

    7 The Soviet and the nuclear gambits





    Hsiao-ting Lin is a Research Fellow and Curator of the Modern China Collection at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, USA. He has published extensively on modern Chinese and Taiwanese politics, history, and ethnic minorities, including Accidental State: Chiang Kai-shek, the United States, and the Making of Taiwan (2016); Modern China’s Ethnic Frontiers: A Journey to the West (2011); and Tibet and Nationalist China’s Frontier: Intrigues and Ethnopolitics, 1928–49 (2006).