Structure and Process Behind Beijing’s Policy Towards Taiwan
China’s Taiwan policy-making has been under close scholarly scrutiny since the 1995–96 Taiwan Strait Crisis.1 Although a great deal is known about the structures and process of China’s foreign/Taiwan policy community, developments across the Taiwan Strait and across the Pacific continue to challenge its institutional and intellectual capacity. Indeed, no issue in China’s foreign policy agenda other than Taiwan has consumed so much attention and resources of the PRC’s foreign policy-makers, institutions and analysts. With the growing importance of the Taiwan factor in China’s economic development, in relations with the US and Japan, and in the perceived ‘creeping’ separatist move by Taiwan,2 the importance of the Taiwan issue would remain in the foreseeable future.
KeywordsForeign Affair Chinese Communist Party Policy Deliberation Taiwan Issue 16th Party
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