Cooperation or Conflict in the Taiwan Strait?
Asia in World Politics
The 1996 deployment of two U.S. carrier battle groups to the waters off Taiwan in response to the firing of Chinese missiles close to Taiwan's shores brought home suddenly the genuine danger of a military clash between the United States and China over the Taiwan issue. In this timely book, distinguished analyst Ralph Clough assesses the intractable differences between Beijing and Taipei over the status of Taiwan, the rise and growing strength of an opposition party advocating Taiwan independence, and Beijing's threat to use military force to prevent independence. At the same time, he weighs the moderating influence of investment and trade across the Taiwan Strait and the reopening of cross-strait dialogue.
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Ralph Clough's Cooperation or Conflict in the Taiwan Strait? is a welcome and timely addition to the literature on the Taiwan issue. Just as conflict over Taiwan once again threatens regional stability, Clough provides an authoritative study of the conflict's sources and ramifications. He [Ralph Clough] offers a comprehensive and judicious analysis of the interests of China, Taiwan and the United States. Cooperation or Conflict in the Taiwan Strait? will prove helpful to teachers seeking a well-written and balanced reading for students on the Taiwan issue and to specialists seeking an authorative analysis of recent developments. Its appendix includes important policy documents.--Robert Ross, Boston College "The China Journal "