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The U.S.-Taiwan-China Relationship in International Law and Policy$
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Lung-chu Chen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190601126

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190601126.001.0001

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Possible Future Developments for Taiwan

Possible Future Developments for Taiwan

(p.245) 10 Possible Future Developments for Taiwan
The U.S.-Taiwan-China Relationship in International Law and Policy

Lung-chu Chen

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers likely future developments for Taiwan. Taiwan could be annexed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) under the “one country, two systems” formula. Instead, Taiwan could seek to fashion itself as the “Switzerland of Asia,” adopting permanent neutrality and acting as a buffer for other Asian states. Alternatively, it could pursue a path of “Finlandization” by seeking close ties with its powerful neighbor. The possibility that Taiwan may be recognized as a part of the United States cannot be entirely dismissed. The people of Taiwan may choose to maintain the status quo, avoiding actions that would challenge the PRC’s claims over the island. This strategy comes at a cost, as the strategic balance tilts further in the PRC’s favor. The author holds that Taiwan ought to continue down the path of normalized statehood in keeping with the island nation’s evolution as a prosperous and free democracy.

Keywords:   Taiwan, China, PRC, future of Taiwan, neutrality, Finlandization, normalized statehood, Taiwan statehood, Taiwan democracy, Switzerland of Asia

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