Accession Number : ADA322397

Title :   Taiwan on a Tightrope.

Descriptive Note : Research brief.

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

PDF Url : ADA322397

Report Date : DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 2

Abstract : The outraged Chinese reaction to the visit of Taiwan president to his alma mater in the United States surprised many in the West. The Chinese viewed the trip as a deliberate provocation by Taiwan. Why would Beijing regard such an act as provocative? What are the likely outcome What are the implications for U.S. policy? In Change in Taiwan and Potential Adversity in the Strait, National Defense Research Institute researcher Evan Feigenbaum attempts to answer these questions. He argues that powerful domestic changes have driven Taiwanese leaders to walk a narrow and perilous path between confrontation and conciliation with China. In the charged environment that exists between the two countries, mistakes, miscalculations, or misunderstandings could easily precipitate conflict. Thus, it is crucial to understand these changes and what they imply for U.S. policy. Most compelling is the need for Washington to speak with one voice and ensure that the Taiwanese understand that the only acceptable resolution of their status is one that is mutually agreeable to both Taipei and Beijing.

Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY, *POLITICAL SCIENCE, *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, LEADERSHIP, ECONOMICS, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), CONFLICT, INTERNATIONAL TRADE, NATIONAL DEFENSE, CHINA, TAIWAN, CONFRONTATION.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE