Handbook of US–China Relations
Show Less

Handbook of US–China Relations

Edited by Andrew T.H. Tan

This Handbook addresses the key questions surrounding US–China relations: what are the historical and contemporary contexts that underpin this complex relationship? How has the strategic rivalry between the two evolved? What are the key flashpoints in their relationship? What are the key security issues between the two powers? The international contributors explore the historical, political, economic, military, and international and regional spheres of the US–China relationship. The topics they discuss include human rights, Chinese public perception of the United States, US–China strategic rivalry, China’s defence build-up and cyber war.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 15: Taiwan in US–China relations

Andrew T. H. Tan


Taiwan has been a key issue in US–China relations since the end of World War II and, as the Taiwan Strait crisis in 1995–96 demonstrated, it could yet lead to open conflict between the two great powers. For China, resolving the Taiwan issue through reunification with the Mainland is a primary political objective on account of the strong and emotive nationalist sentiments surrounding the issue in China. However, Taiwan has been the benefactor of fortuitous strategic developments in Asia, which has led the United States to continue to protect it from China. Given the context of China’s rise and challenge to the US position in Asia, it is in the United States’ interest to continue the policy of strategic ambiguity embodied in the Taiwan Relations Act, which has helped to maintain the status quo in the Taiwan Strait. Given the intensifying strategic rivalry between the United States and China in recent times, it is also increasingly unlikely that the United States would fail to intervene should China use force, as this would undermine the US position in Asia. While Taiwan is ultimately expendable should strategic circumstances change, for the time being, it remains a key issue in US–China relations and the challenge is maintaining the status quo and thus peace.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information

or login to access all content.