China and Taiwan Essay by RightRiters

China and Taiwan
A discussion of China's policy response towards Taiwan following the recently held Taiwanese elections.
# 22610 | 1,845 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Mar 27, 2003 in History (Asian) , International Relations (Cold War) , Political Science (Non-U.S.)

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This paper examines how the dispute of Taiwan has been an issue of concern for the overall international community as it is affecting the stability of the region and how the results of the recently held elections in Taiwan has further created tensions as the Taiwanese public has given a clear indication of their desire for independence by placing the DPP in the government. It focuses on the issue of China's response to the results of the elections and the policies it will now adopt to deal with the situation. China still refuses to accept the independent position of Taiwan and is considering making use of military coercion, provided Taiwan declares its independence. It shows how the issue of Taiwan provides a favorable ground to China for the demonstration of its military might but how the support of the United States and a change in the policies of the Bush administration has forced the Chinese officials to soften their attitude towards Taiwan, at least for the time being.

From the Paper:

"The Chinese government fears that with a shift from an authoritarian government to a democratic administration in Taiwan, the possibility of foreign intrusions in Taiwan will increase and so will in Mainland China. It claims that maintaining strict control over Taiwan and its political activities is important for the protection of China's national interest and autonomy. China has always maintained a policy of considering Taiwan as a part of China and has treated the Taiwanese government as a subunit of overall Chinese governmental setup. It considers Taiwan as a betrayer territory, which should be controlled through military power if necessary. Conquest and reunification of Taiwan with China has always been one of the primary objectives of the Chinese governments."

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