Political Consolidation or Political Decay? Chen Shui-bian’s China Policy
Noon lecture by Chien-min Chao (National Chengchi University)
Friday, January 18, 2002Less than two years after winning the presidential election in 2000, the DPP (Democratic Progressive Party) has successfully emerged as the largest political party in Taiwan, displacing the KMT (Nationalist Party) for the first time as the party with the most seats in the parliament. However, the mandate delivered by the voters of Taiwan regarding the island's policy towards China has been less than clear. While uncertainty in its relations with China has certainly contributed to Taiwan's economic slump, voters seem to be telling the Chen administration that it is all right. In the meantime, ethnic tensions were raised to a new height as the "pan-green force" and the "pan-blue force" divide the political map quite evenly from the middle of the island. A divided Taiwan will in no way churn out a unified policy towards its neighbor to the west. Finally, factionalism within the ruling party will continue to constrain the president in his pursuit of better relations with China. And the accession to the WTO by the two archenemies is no answer to their problems. Chien-min Chao is Professor of the Sun Yat-sen Graduate Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities at National Chengchi University, in Taipei. He has been a visiting distinguished professor at George Washington University. His publications include Taiwan and Mainland China: Relations and Foreign Competition (1992), Authoritarian Politics (1994), An Analysis to Contemporary Chinese Politics (1997), and Cross-strait Relations and Taiwan's Foreign Policies (2000). He is also co-editor of several books including: The ROC on the Threshold of the 21st Century: A Paradigm Reexamined (1999), Rethinking the Chinese State: Strategies, Society, and Security (Routledge, 2001), Lee Teng-hui's Legacy: Democratic Consolidation and Foreign Relations (M.E. Sharpe, forthcoming). Professor Chao has also published seventy articles in academic journals.
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
4355C Bunche Hall
Cost: Free and open to the public
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