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New Opportunities and Challenges for Taiwan's Security
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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This volume is the result of the conference Cross-Strait Relations New Opportunities and Challenges for Taiwans Security, held November 7, 2009, at National Defense University in Washington, D.C. The conference was jointly sponsored by the RAND Corporation, the Institute for National Strategic Studies INSS at National Defense University, and the Council for Advanced Policy Studies CAPS in Taipei. It was the 21st annual conference on Chinas Peoples Liberation Army PLA cosponsored by RAND and CAPS. The 2009 conference examined how a range of political, economic, and military aspects of the relationship between mainland China and Taiwan are likely to shape the challenges and opportunities for Taiwans security over the next decade. Leading experts on political and military issues from both the United States and Taiwan were asked to write short five to six pages, single-spaced, incisive, policy-relevant papers on a range of topics related to four broad issues the opportunities created by improved cross-Strait relations and what further progress will be supported by domestic politics on both sides of the Strait the potential for confidence-building measures CBMs to play a role in managing or reducing cross-Strait tensions the military balance and the impact of changes in key Chinese and Taiwanese military capabilities and two possible alternate futures one in which positive trends in cross-Strait political relations continue and another in which improvements in relations are reversed, including how and why these futures might come about. After the conference, the contributors were asked to revise their papers in response to questions and suggestions that were raised during the conference or subsequently conveyed by the editors of this volume. This volume presents the revised versions of those papers as well as a brief introduction by the editors.
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