The Role of the United States in Seeking a Peaceful Solution
The question of the US role in maintaining peace in the Taiwan Strait is one that engages nearly all aspects of American life: politics, economics, culture, and security, implicating the ‘hard’ issues of national interest as well as the ‘soft’ ones of societal values. Indeed, policy toward China has played a role in contemporary American politics that has arguably been more freighted than policy toward any other region except the Middle East. We are all too familiar with the bitter and destructive debate over ‘Who lost China?’ and the McCarthy era tragedies of the 1950s. And as the intensity of the China debate has oscillated endlessly in the half-century since then, the question of Taiwan within the broader picture of Sino-American relations has remained an integral component of domestic American political discourse.
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