While global attention has been focused on other regional issues, such as China-US tensions and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, little attention has been paid to Taiwan. Yet the so-called Taiwan issue, namely the continued separation of the island from mainland China, remains a major regional security challenge that could potentially spark direct conflict involving the USA, China and Japan, the three largest economies in the world, two of which are nuclear powers. Although Taiwan has continued to find opportunities to maintain the current status quo despite a deteriorating geo-strategic environment as a result of the rise of China and the uncertainties of the Trump Administration, its room for manoeuvre continues to narrow. This volume examines the challenges and evaluates the prospects for preventing conflict on the Taiwan Strait, by focusing on the political conditions that Taiwan faces internally and externally.
Acknowledgements; The Editors and Contributors; 1 Reconsidering Taiwan’s Future in a More Contested East Asia - Benjamin Schreer and Andrew T. H. Tan; 2 The Taiwan Issue and Small State Survival - Andrew T. H. Tan; 3 Taiwan's Domestic Dynamics and Foreign Policy - J. Michael Cole; 4 Taiwan and the Great Powers - Andrea Benvenuti; 5 The 'Taiwan Issue': Tracing Seventy years of Taiwan-China Relations - Roger Lee Huang and Andrew T. H. Tan; 6 Taiwan-China Relations: Asymmetric Trust and Innenpolitik - Wen-ti Sung; 7 Preventing Independence, Striving for Unification: Chinese Perspective on Taiwan - Jingdong Yuan; 8 Taiwan and the USA - Andrew T. H. Tan; 9 New Dynamics in Taiwan-Japan Relations - Benjamin Schreer and Andrew T. H. Tan; 10 Taiwan’s Foreign Policy - Sheryn Lee; 11 Taiwan’s Armed Forces: Development and Prospects - Shang-Su Wu; 12 Defending Taiwan Against China - Yves-Heng Lim; 13 Thinking about How to Forge Lasting Peace in the Taiwan Strait - Derek Grossman; 14 Reassessing Taiwan’s Strategic Future - Benjamin Schreer