Constructing Peaceful Development: The Changing Interpretations of “One China” and Beijing’s Taiwan Strait Policy

  title={Constructing Peaceful Development: The Changing Interpretations of “One China” and Beijing’s Taiwan Strait Policy},
  author={Dean P. Chen},
  journal={Asian Security},
  pages={22 - 46}
  • Dean P. Chen
  • Published 2 January 2014
  • Political Science
  • Asian Security
Abstract For rationalists, China (PRC)’s current conciliatory policy toward Taiwan is merely “calculative.” Hence, Chinese leaders must act patiently with Taiwan to dampen the “China threat theory.” This article contends that strategic considerations cannot entirely justify Beijing’s Taiwan policy. Given the PRC’s steadfast position on reunification, it is unclear why Beijing has, since the 1990s, allowed for a looser construction of the “one China” principle and even tacitly acknowledged the… 
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