Playing with Fire: The Looming War with China Over Taiwan

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - History - 266 pages
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One of the most pressing issues for China--and the world at large--is the continuing presence of an independence-minded Taiwan off China's southern coast. Recent modernization efforts within the Chinese military and tough remarks by Chinese officials have alarmed many in Washington, and caused others to question America's commitments in the region.

Copper details events of recent decades to give the reader a complete picture of potential flash points concerning Taiwan. An expert who has studied the region for more than thirty years, he saw firsthand the turmoil that followed the recent Taiwanese elections. Drawing upon his interdisciplinary research on the political, economic, and military issues surrounding the U.S.-Taiwan-China triangle, he assesses the various aspects of this complex relationship and comments on what may come from playing with fire.

Daily headlines and news stories remark upon the growing economic might of China. Analysts note that this increasing economic influence will undoubtedly lead to increasing political engagement on a global level. It is clear that the United States can no longer ignore what Napoleon called the sleeping giant.

One of the most pressing issues for China--and the world at large--is the continuing presence of an independence-minded Taiwan off China's southern coast. Recent modernization efforts within the Chinese military and tough remarks by Chinese officials have alarmed many in Washington, and caused others to question America's commitments in the region.

Copper details events of recent decades to give the reader a complete picture of potential flash points concerning Taiwan. An expert who has studied the region for more than thirty years, he saw firsthand the turmoil that followed the recent Taiwanese elections. Drawing upon his interdisciplinary research on the political, economic, and military issues surrounding the U.S.-Taiwan-China triangle, he assesses the various aspects of this complex relationship and comments on what may come from playing with fire.

 

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A careful yet prolific scholar, Copper (international studies, Rhodes Coll.;The Taiwan Political Miracle ) provides detailed background covering the last several decades in relation to an increasingly ... Read full review

Contents

1 Beijing Intimidates Taiwan with Missile Tests Creates Rift in USChina Relations
3
PART II PRELUDE TO THE MISSILE CRISIS
19
2 The Tiananmen Square Massacre Does Irreparable Damage to USChina Relations
21
3 The United States Sells F16 Fighter Planes to Taipei Strains Relations with China
36
4 President Lee Visits His Alma Mater Beijing Feels Betrayed Benefiting HardLiners
51
5 America Debates China Threat China Talks About America Threat
68
PART III AFTER THE CRISIS
89
6 Taiwans Voters Elect Their President Directly Beijing Says Foreign Forces Are Trying to Split China
91
9 The Missile Defense Issue Involves Others in Taiwan Issue
143
PART IV THE PRESENT STANDOFF
163
10 President Lee Comments That TaipeiBeijing Talks Should Be NationtoNation Beijing Is Furious
165
Taiwan Gets Secessionist President
183
President Chen Wins Reelection amid Controversy while America Is Distracted Elsewhere
200
PART V CONCLUSIONS
217
13 The Taiwan Strait Is a Flash Point
219
Notes
239

7 President Clinton Visits China Polarizes Taiwan Issue
107
8 The Taiwan Relations Act Is Refurbished America Will Protect Taiwan
124

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John F. Copper is Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. He is the author of more than twenty books and has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees.

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