The United States as a Balancer in Cross-Strait Relations, 2000–2008

  • Jaushieh Joseph Wu


The international environment has changed substantially in the years between 2000 and 2008, causing subtle changes in relations among the United States, Taiwan, and China. In Taiwan, the long-ruling Nationalist Party (Kuomintang, KMT) government was voted out of office for the first time in 2000 in a democratic election, and a peaceful transfer of power took place. In 2004, the independence-inclined and ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won another victory by defeating the opposition alliance of the KMT and the People First Party (PFP). However, the DPP failed to gain a majority in the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan’s Parliament, during the years it was in power, and politics in Taiwan was unstable as a result.


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