At new year 1978/79 the United States diplomatically de-recognised the Republic of China on Taiwan and recognised the government of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing. Forty years on from this momentous foreign policy pivot, the city of Nottingham in the UK is hosting an international conference to assess the impact of the decision in Taiwan, China and world affairs.
Written by Euan Graham. Taiwan is central to the security and strategic geography of the Indo-Pacific, perhaps even to the future development of democracy in the region. It remains an economy of significant weight. Yet, as a “stateless” entity, it suffers from a double identity, confined to margins of the region’s international affairs.
Taking into account the fact that the Taiwan of 2019 is not the same as the ROC of 1979, we need to look at Taiwan in its own light and its own right. We need to bring Taiwan in from the cold of political isolation and start working towards a normalization of bilateral relations.
Recent developments raise concerns—still only incipient ones—about the continuing durability of the TRA and its singular place in US Taiwan policy and US-Taiwan-PRC relations. In 2018, Congress departed from long-prevailing practice and enacted laws addressing quasi-diplomatic and security ties with Taiwan. Where many prior bills had failed, the National Defense Authorization Act and the Taiwan Travel Act passed.
Richard Haass, president of the Council of Foreign Relations, recently published an article entitled “The looming crisis over Taiwan.” It is surprisingly unbalanced in analyzing the cause of the crisis he fears.
Written by Yuan-kang Wang. The most important geostrategic event of this century is the rivalry between the United States and China. International competition between these
Written by Ian Inkster. The first part of this paper outlined trends that could dominate discussions on Taiwan’s international position in 2019, providing a shaky
Written by Ian Inkster. Most social scientists now regard global dynamics as a complex system, more akin to a human body than to the workings
Written by Joseph A. Bosco. There has been much talk about the recent comments of a Chinese military official issuing a dire warning against the
Written by Elizabeth Freund Larus With the hotly contested over, all eyes are on the incoming 116th Congress. What do the US midterm election results imply
Written by Steven Goldstein. El Salvador became the latest country to sever relations with the Republic of China on Taiwan and recognize the People’s Republic
Written by Yuan-kang Wang. President Tsai Ing-wen’s recent stopover visit to the United States on her way to Paraguay and Belize, two of Taiwan’s sole