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Explaining U.S. Policy toward China and Taiwan

  • Steven B. Redd

Abstract

U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East currently dominates the headlines and is a chief topic of discussion among both scholars and policymakers. However, of equal, or even greater, importance is U.S. foreign policy toward East Asia, particularly China and Taiwan. Taiwan’s status as an internationally unrecognized state and China’s claim to ownership over Taiwan, combined with China’s threat to attack Taiwan should the latter attempt to declare independence or be recognized by others, combine to create a volatile situation. Taiwan’s recent democratization, along with China’s and Taiwan’s rapid economic growth and high volume of trade with the United States and each other, further complicate U.S. foreign policy toward these two actors.1 Factors such as the U.S. war on terror, foreign policy concerns in North Korea and Japan, as well as domestic considerations also affect U.S. foreign policy toward China and Taiwan.

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Foreign Policy Bush Administration China Policy Uncertain Relationship Taiwan Issue 
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