Despite the significance of the Taiwan issue to US-China relations as well as regional stability in the Asia-Pacific, one could hardly find a comprehensive and thorough study of China's Taiwan policy. This book aims to make up for the deficit by providing a systematic and in-depth analysis of the evolution of China's Taiwan policy over the past six decades, against the backdrop of a three-player game involving Beijing, Washington and Taipei. The intention is to show that despite Beijing's uncompromising adherence to the One-China principle, China's leaders have maintained remarkable flexibility in interpreting and implementing it. Moreover, while domestic factors (e.g., nationalistic sentiment, political stability, and economic development) do affect Beijing's calculus, China's Taiwan policy invariably accords with the ups and downs in its international environment, especially the complexities of the US-China relations.
The Origins of China's Taiwan Policy: Managing an Internal Chinese IssueA" with US Involvement; From the Bombardment of Jinmen to the Shanghai Communique: Establishment of the One-China Strategic Framework; The Beginning of the Thaw: From the Abortive CCP-KMT Rapprochement to the 1992 Consensus; The Coming and Passing of the Storm: Beijing Readjusts Its Approach; From the Two States TheoryA" to One State on Each SideA": Beijing Seeks Common Ground with Washington; The Hu Jintao Period: The Inception of De Facto Co-Management of the Taiwan Issue; Hu Jintao's New Strategy: Developing a Framework for Reunification with a Pro-Status-Quo Approach.