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Taiwan's Relations with Mainland China
A Tail Wagging Two Dogs


Chi Su

ISBN 9780415589994
Published July 6, 2010 by Routledge
368 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

USD $52.95

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Book Description

Taiwan's Relations with Mainland China is the first book to deal with the role of Taiwan’s leadership politics, including the personal political styles of Lee Teng-hui and Chen Shui-bian, in the development of Taiwan’s mainland policy and the consequences for U.S.-Taiwan relations.

Including analysis of the critical and volatile 1988-2004 period, the Taiwan Straits crisis and cross-strait tension associated with the 2004 Taiwan presidential campaign, Su Chi weaves in his personal participation in Taiwan policy making during critical periods in Taiwan’s diplomatic history to provide insight and information on cross-strait relations that is not available elsewhere

As a study of Taiwan’s mainland and US policy this will be a fascinating read for students and scholars of Taiwan Politics, Chinese Foreign Policy and East Asian Security studies alike.

Table of Contents

1. Conciliation in Cross-Strait Relations  2. Tension after the Cornell Visit  3. The Two-States Theory Bombshell  4. The New ROC President  5. Two Sets of "Five Nos"  6. The New Taiwan Strait Policy of George W. Bush  7. One Country on Each Side  8. US Preventive Diplomacy  9. Contentious Taiwan  10. Treacherous Strait  11. Conclusion: Six Variables  Epilogue: The Tail Keeps Wagging  Chronology

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Su Chi is currently Secretary-General of National Security Council, Taiwan. Prior to this was a Legislator in Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan and the Chairman of its National Defense Committee and formerly taught full-time at Chengchi University and Tamkang University. Between 1993-2000 he  served in the ROC Government as cabinet- level Chairman of Mainland Affairs Council and Deputy Secretary-General of the President’s Office.


'Su offers not only a first-hand account of Taiwan’s relationship with mainland China, but also a sensible analysis of one of the most complicated relationships of our times' - Survival 2009

'It is a rigorous study by a perceptive mind analyzing events in which the author played a major part. The book would be useful alone for the wealth of the first-hand information, but since Su, as a chief advisor on national security, now has the ear of the president, it is invaluable as a window on the rationale of the ruling party's approach to cross-strait relations.' - Robert Green, Taiwan Review, March 2009


"Recommended.  For Research and professional collections." - CHOICE, Aug. 2009 Vol. 46 No. 11