Bridge over Troubled Water Envisioning a China-Taiwan Peace Agreement

  title={Bridge over Troubled Water Envisioning a China-Taiwan Peace Agreement},
  author={Phillip C. Saunders and Scott L. Kastner},
  journal={International Security},
In Taiwan's 2008 presidential election, both candidates advocated signing a peace agreement with China, and Chinese leaders have also expressed interest in reaching such an agreement. Although substantial obstacles remain in the way of a cross-strait peace agreement, this increased interest on both sides of the Taiwan Strait suggests that a closer examination of an agreement's possible dimensions and consequences is warranted. This analysis considers what an agreement might look like, whether… Expand
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