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Journal of Chinese Political Science

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 377–378 | Cite as

John F. Copper, Taiwan at a Tipping Point: the Democratic Progressive Party’s Return to Power

(Lanham: Lexington Books, 2018), 260p. $100 Hardback
  • Chi Hua HoEmail author
Book Review

John Copper’s book examines the gradual ascendancy of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and how its policy might jeopardize the opportunity to pursue the peaceful relationship with China. Copper begins by giving a historical overview on how democratic elections have evolved from the Japanese colonial period (1895–1945) to the Nationalist era (1959–1980). The Japanese did not allow Taiwanese to participate in the elections, but the Nationalist Party dominated the political scene from 1949 to the late 1970s after the re-establishment of the Republic of China (ROC) government in Taiwan at the end of the Chinese Civil War (1945–1949).

Copper describes how the DPP was formed in 1986, when President Chiang Ching-kuo, made the decision to allow the formation of an opposition party to democratize the political system. The purpose was to ensure support from the US and the international community after they switched the recognition of the Chinese representation to People’s Republic of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Gonzaga UniversitySpokaneUSA

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