Viewed From Afar

Author: Jerome A. Cohen
South China Morning Post

In response to the Taiwanese Pime Minister's comment that political critics who do not live in Taiwan cannot understand the country, Jerome Cohen argues that "foreign critics are useful precisely because their distance gives them a different perspective."

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Chairman Ma's Challenge

Authors: Jerome A. Cohen and Yu-Jie Chen
Wall Street Journal Asia

Jerome A. Cohen and Yu-Jie Chen argue that leading Taiwan's KMT party is an opportunity for President Ma Ying-jeou.

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Primary Sources

Taiwan Relations Act

This act, Public Law 96-8, laid forth the U.S.' relationship with Taiwan following U.S. President Carter's transfer of diplomatic recognition in China to the mainland. It promises to ensure that Taiwan's democratic status not be altered by outside force and provided for relations between the United States and Taiwan.

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Task Force Report No. 5

Managing the Taiwan Issue

This report considers a number of important trends that are shaping the Sino-American-Taiwan relationship, evaluates U.S. interests in this relationship, and arrives at a set of recommendations for the United States concerning how it should define its priorities and assert its interests with respect to this potentially volatile situation in the Taiwan Strait.

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