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Reassessing the Taiwan-China Rapprochement: A Constrained Romance of the Two Kingdoms

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This article analyzes the Taiwan-China rapprochement, a significant development in the politics and security of the Asia-Pacific region, and has two principal aims. First, it addresses a gap in the scholarship by examining the reasons that gave rise to this rapprochement. Second, it provides a critique of assessments that are overly optimistic about the prospects of this development. Although the warming of Taiwan-Chinese relations represents significant progress in cross-strait relations, it is still fundamentally constrained by countervailing conditions that will undermine its progression. In essence, the Taiwan-China rapprochement is a bounded strategic embrace—one that has limited political promise.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2012

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  • The St Antony's International Review (STAIR) is the only peer-reviewed journal of international affairs at the University of Oxford. Set up by graduate students of St Antony's College in 2005, the Review has carved out a distinctive niche as a cross-disciplinary outlet for research on the most pressing contemporary global issues, providing a forum in which emerging scholars can publish their work alongside established academics and policymakers. Past contributors include Robert O. Keohane, James N. Rosenau, and Alfred Stepan.
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