Zhao offers a quick history of China's foreign policy since 1949 and then offers a provocative assessment of it today.
Kan, "Ethnic competition, democratization and the cross-strait politics of Taiwan," 1998
Tsung-Yuan Kan, Ph.D
For Taiwan the experience of ethnic politics shows that in the process of democratization, the mobilization and competition between sub-ethnic groups--the Taiwanese and the mainlanders--resulted in ethnic voting, an ethnic-oriented party system, ethnic competition, and ethnic conflict. The Taiwanese and mainlanders compete for control of the government and of policy. Because of the competition, the dominant group and the subordinate group switched power positions. The Taiwanese replaced the mainlanders and currently occupy the dominant position in the Taiwanese political system. Taiwanese perceive Taiwan's status differently from that of the mainlanders. The Taiwanese leadership changed the foreign policy orientation after they successfully replaced the mainlanders as the dominant group. The implementation of the altered Taiwanese foreign policy infuriated China and led to increased conflict between Taiwan and China, resulting in military confrontation across the Taiwan Straits from July 1995 to March 1996. The crisis constituted an incident of regional conflict in the post Cold War era. The incident between Taiwan and China offered an excellent opportunity to examine critically the effect of domestic ethnic competition and conflict on the post Cold War international community.
Advisor: Dekmejian, R.
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai: Openness, inclusion and fairness essential at home and as principles in dealing with China
Resilience, inclusion and communication central in her remarks
The Dragon Roars Back – Mao, Deng and Xi Jinping and China’s evolving relations with the world - Zhao Suisheng 赵穗生, University of Denver
Join us for a book talk with Suisheng Zhao on how Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and Xi Jinping each conceived and executed radically different approaches to China's relations with others.