Accession Number : ADA262331


Title :   Taiwan's Economic Success, Improvement of Relations with Mainland China and Implications for U.S. National Security


Descriptive Note : Research rept. Aug 91-Apr 92


Corporate Author : INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Smith, Michael G


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a262331.pdf


Report Date : Apr 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 35


Abstract : Taiwan's 'economic miracle' has allowed them to gain international respect and power and has placed them in a unique position to effect the economic and diplomatic balance of the region--and possibly the world. Taiwan has extended economic tentacles into the People's Republic of China (PRC) and might be able to influence the PRC toward democratization. The PRC might, however, repel the capitalistic influence. This paper suggests that could have significant effect on U.S. security. The PRC and Taiwan can become threats or partners to the U.S. according to how we address the realities of change in the region. Neither presently poses a serious military threat to U.S. interest although the PRC must be watched closely. Both do, however, represent a potential economic threat. Finally, the author suggests that there is really only one China. The PRC and Taiwan are more alike than they are different, a fact U.S. policymakers must recognize if we are to benefit from the changes in the region.


Descriptors :   *NATIONAL SECURITY , *ECONOMICS , *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , *CHINA , *TAIWAN , INTERNATIONAL POLITICS , HISTORY , COMMUNISM


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE