Taiwan (The Republic of China) 2000–2008
The election of the DPP proved a watershed in Taiwan’s political landscape. Given that the vocally Taiwanese opposition party had been elected to the presidency, the island’s entire political tone and tenor soon changed.
President Chen Shui-bian stressed the international personality of Taiwan as not being primarily Chinese. Chen’s many declarations, and spinning political weather vane of defining Taiwan, caused many sleepless nights in Beijing and indeed Washington. If Taiwan chose to move from its accepted de facto independence and to attempt a more formal de jure statement of sovereignty, such a decision could provoke the PRC to attack militarily. Such an attack could have wide East Asian strategic implications.
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