China, Russia, and the Taiwan Issue

Jeanne L. Wilson

in The Future of China-Russia Relations

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125633
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135359 | DOI:
China, Russia, and the Taiwan Issue

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This chapter explores Russia's views on Taiwan. It investigates Russian foreign policy toward the China–Taiwan issue. The first section sets forward a chronological account of Russia's interactions with Taiwan and with China on the Taiwan issue. The chapter then briefly evaluates the extent of Russia's bilateral communications with Taiwan and their significance. Finally, the Moscow's perspective on the China-Taiwan issue is reported. It is also argued that Russian foreign policy on this topic exhibits fundamental tensions that are inherent to Russia's overall relationship with China. Topics covered include Sino-Soviet relations and the Taiwan issue, Russia, China and Taiwan in the Yeltsin era, Putin leadership and the Taiwan issue, bilateral ties between Russia and Taiwan, and cross-straits tensions as a positive benefit and their potential dangers to Russia.

Keywords: China; Russia; Taiwan; foreign policy; China–Taiwan issue; Moscow; cross-straits tensions; Sino-Soviet relations

Chapter.  7537 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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