Document Type

Book Chapter

Department/Unit

Department of Government and International Studies

Title

The strategic triangle between Taiwan, China and the USA: A European perspective

Language

English

Abstract

© 2012 VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden. All rights are reserved. Taiwan occupies a strategic position in the Western Pacific between Northeast and Southeast Asia. Claimed by the People's Republic of China since its foundation in 1949, Taiwan has nevertheless remained under the control of the Republic of China, thanks to a security guarantee provided by the United States as early as 1950. Although this guarantee has taken another form (the Taiwan Relations Act) since the Sino-U.S. normalization of relations in 1979, it has compelled both sides of the Taiwan Strait to take Washington's view and interests into account in the resolution of their differences and the future of their relationship. While the U.S. government remains agnostic about the final outcome of this dispute, it has insisted upon its peaceful resolution, the preservation of the status quo in the Strait and its opposition to any solution that would not be approved by the majority of the Taiwanese. Since the 1990s, the U.S. has also declared its support for and protection of Taiwan's democracy. Although the EU is not in a position to offer any similar security guarantee to Taiwan, the political stance of the EU with regard to Taiwan's future is identical to that held by the U.S.

Publication Date

2012

Source Publication Title

European perspectives on Taiwan

Editors

Damm, Jens ; Lim, Paul

Start Page

125

End Page

143

Publisher

VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften

DOI

10.1007/978-3-531-94303-9_7

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-531-94303-9_7

ISBN (print)

9783531185804

ISBN (electronic)

9783531943039

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