Taiwan’s Opening to Mainland China

  • Simon Long


By the mid-1980s, Taiwan’s intransigence in the face of Peking’s blandishments was beginning to appear positively churlish. On one side of the straits, the government was coming up with startling new initiatives, was opening its economy and society to an extent undreamed of during the Cultural Revolution, and was adopting a pragmatic and flexible approach to many of the foreign policy issues which had seemed intractable since 1949. In Taipei, on the other hand, the government seemed set in the aspic of a previous era. It still mouthed the rhetoric of national reunification under its style of political tutelage, but all the world’s major powers now recognised Peking as the legitimate government of ‘one China’ and that ‘Taiwan is part of China’.


Asian Development Bank Foreign Policy Issue Indirect Investment Indirect Trade Peaceful Reunification 
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© Simon Long 1991

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