Taiwan leader Lee Teng-hui visited Cornell University in 1995, a watershed event that changed Beijing’s position toward Taipei. Before 1995, Beijing had tried to reunify with Taipei; after Lee Teng-hui’s visit, Beijing seemed to have shifted its policy emphasis to preventing Taipei from becoming independent. In other words, before 1995, Beijing had wanted to change the status quo at the Taiwan Strait, but ever since this watershed event, Beijing has wanted to keep the status quo. The posture of Taipei seemed to move in the opposite direction: before 1995, the status quo mentality on the island was more dominant; after 1995, the tendency toward independence became more obvious. For the United States, the status quo has been the preferred situation since 1972, when President Richard Nixon visited Beijing to establish the new policy toward Taiwan.


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