|Superb overview of the Taiwan Straits issues|
I read this paper by Tom Christensen in May. It has provided me with a sturdy basis for understanding the complex Taiwan Straits issues and on Chinese thinking and strategy in general. I think you will find it invaluable for helping you interpret our current interactions with the Chinese government. Be aware, this is 30 pages of serious but fascinating reading.
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Posing Problems without Catching Up: China's Rise and Challenges for U.S. Security Policy
Thomas J. Christensen, Spring 2001
Here is the original poster's introduction and his follow-up remarks:
Given the recent tensions between the United States and China, and the importance of that relationship to Q's future, I thought folks here might be interested in the article by Tom Christensen from the link below. Christensen is one of the nation's leading experts on Asian security matters, and his piece offers a superb overview of the real Taiwan Straits issues and how to think about them. Serious stuff, but worth it for those truly interested in the topic.
...the article's author is one of the top half-dozen or so China experts in the country, and one of the top half-dozen or so younger experts in security studies and international relations theory as well. He's also totally honest and sincere--that is, if he says something it's because he believes it, not because he's pushing any kind of an agenda.
Now all that doesn't mean he's 100% right all the time, but it means that there's nobody out there whose judgments I take more seriously, and only a handful whose judgments I take as seriously. ..