The Political Transformation and the Fundamental Change in the Definition of Cross-Strait Relations
Taiwan’s mainland policy during Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo’s period was to seek reunification with the mainland by military actions and to regain the KMT’s ruling position in the whole of China. However, since 1987, Taiwan’s mainland policy has experienced a series of changes. With cross-strait contacts and the rise of pro-independence forces, a fundamental shift eventually happened in the Taiwan authorities’ position on cross-strait issues. Analyzing this evolution of policy will help to define Taipei’s true position in the Taiwan Issue after 1987.