Reassessing the Taiwan-China Rapprochement: A Constrained Romance of the Two Kingdoms
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.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2012-02-01
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