The China-Taiwan Quagmire
This paper discusses the contradiction of Taiwan's attitude towards China and the emerging commercial ties between these countries.
# 6071 | 1,375 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Feb 09, 2003 in Asian Studies (East Asian Cultures) , History (Asian) , International Relations (Non-U.S.)
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This paper examines the recent relations between the People's Republic of China and Taiwan. Taiwan seems to have given up on reunification towards a separate identity and China has continuously threatened and attempted to intimidate Taiwan with ultimatums and display of military and international political force. On the other hand, the trade collaboration between these two countries is growing. This paper studies the relations between these countries in the last decade from a political and economical point of view. It concludes that the relationship is still intrinsically a volatile one, for both states still remain resolute on the most fundamental issue of sovereignty.
From the Paper:"When Mao and the communists defeated the Nationalist government in 1949, Chiang and his two million supporters fled China and sought refuge in the small island of Taiwan, with a promise to one day reclaim the mainland. At the time, Taiwan was considered a province of China. Demands for independence began in the 1960s as a small voice, for the Nationalist Party in power still hoped for eventual reunification with China, and has grown stronger ever since. All the while, China has not wavered for even a moment from her position that Taiwan is not its own sovereign nation but only a province of the mainland country."
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