Cross-Strait Relations After 16th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party

  • John Fuh-sheng Hsieh


The relationship between China and Taiwan has remained more or less unchanged since the 1995–96 crisis. On the one hand, political relations have been strained very much ever since, but economic and social ties have been growing quite rapidly. It is interesting to see if the situation will change with the new leadership in Beijing after the 16th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The purpose of this paper is to look into possible factors which may lead to the changing relationship between the two across the Taiwan Strait.


Presidential Election Chinese Communist Party Democratic Progressive Party Legislative Yuan Taiwan Independence 
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