TaiwanChinaUS

TaiwanChinaUS - East Asian Studies Response Paper #3...

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East Asian Studies Response Paper #3 November 8, 2007 Taiwan, China, and the United States Located just 90 miles off the coast of mainland China is Taiwan, a small island with a turbulent history that has been the focus of much debate and tension over the years. Conflicts that arose between the Mainland China and Taiwan years ago, when Taiwan was a closely regulated province of China, are still unresolved. Specifically, the issue now is reunification. While mainland China pushes for reunification, Taiwan wants no part in it. The reasons for Taiwan’s resistance to the reunification include a concern for the standard of living as well as protection of their democracy (Ogden 72). The implications of this conflict have been and will continue to be of importance to the United States because of its deep involvement in moderating relations between the two countries. The relationships between Taiwan, China, and the United States are complex as well as fragile; Taiwan has sought to maintain its own identity and has been able to resist reunification with Mainland China largely thanks to assistance from the United States, which supports Taiwan’s desire for democracy. The history between Taiwan and China has been marked by ongoing conflict. Taiwan
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2008 for the course EASC 150g taught by Professor Rosen during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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