In this timely book, distinguished analyst Ralph Clough assesses the intractable differences between Beijing and Taipei, the rise of an opposition party advocating Taiwan independence, and BeijingOs threat to use military force. At the same time, he weighs the moderating influence of investment and trade across the Taiwan Strait and the reopening of cross-strait dialogue. The author argues that the United States can best minimize the risk of conflict with a policy of ambiguity that retains the flexibility to intervene militarily or not as circumstances dictate and that at the same time gives more active approval and support to cooperation between the people and governments on both sides of the straight.
Ralph N. Clough is a former director for Chinese affairs in the Department of State and currently a professorial lecturer at the School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University.
Chapter 1 Cornell Alumnus Attends School Reunion Chapter 2 Shifting Emphasis in U.S.-PRC-Taiwan Relations Chapter 3 The Political Impasse Chapter 4 People-to-People Activities Chapter 5 Pragmatic Diplomacy and Democratic Politics Chapter 6 Managing the China-Taiwan Problems Chapter 7 The Role of the United States Chapter 8 Bibliography Chapter 9 Annex 1: Jiang Zemin's Eight Points Chapter 10 Annex 2: Lee Teng-hui's Six Points Chapter 11 Annex 3: Excerpts from Lee Teng-hui's Inaugural Address, MAy 20, 1996 Chapter 12 Index