China and Unification

Ye Zicheng, Guoli Liu and Steven I. Levine

in Inside China’s Grand Strategy

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126456
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135465 | DOI:
China and Unification

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The unification of Taiwan and the mainland is a core interest of China, but protecting Taiwan is not a core or even an important interest of the United States. Taiwan will be gradually marginalized in U.S. foreign policy interests, this chapter states. The more developed and stronger China is, the less likely the United States will engage in a full-scale confrontation with it over Taiwan. Therefore, the mainland should possess the self-confidence to realize that China is a great power in the world and has enough strength and determination to prevent Taiwanese independence. As long as the mainland does not abandon unification, there is no power in the world that can hold back this process. Taiwan cannot be independent of China.

Keywords: world power; Taiwanese independence; Chinese history; United States; foreign policy; mainland China

Chapter.  13458 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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