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Title: Taiwan's resistance to political and economic integration with China: perceptions and policy changes, 1996-2000
Author: Lin, Neng-shan
ISNI:       0000 0001 3610 3501
Awarding Body: Keele University
Current Institution: Keele University
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis reveals Lee Teng-hui's perception of Beijing's inflexible 'one China' principle as the dominant force in Taiwan's policy change towards. China during the period between 1996 and 2000. President Lee's first change in policy towards China (the ·'no haste be patient' policy), in 1996, followed a series of China's military exercises against Taiwan from 1995 to 1996. After the 1995-96 military crisis, while both Beijing and Washington cooperated to urge the Lee administration to engage in political dialogue, Lee launched the 'two-state' theory policy in July 1999. Applying aperception approach, Lee's two policy shifts both prove to be in line with Dina Zinnes's argument that: if x expresses hostility toward y, then y will perceive that it is the object of x's hostility. In addition, the 'two-state' theory policy switch also supports· Zinnes's argument that: if x perceives that it is the object of y's hostility, then x will express hostility toward y. However, the case of the 'no haste be patient' policy demonstrates that if x expresses hostility toward y, then y will not necessarily express hostility toward x, which goes against Zinnes's claim. There was no difference between how. President Lee·,a. nd Premier Lien Chan perceived China's hostility towards Taiwan. Nevertheless, their policies tended to diverge; This thesis also argues that Lee's decision to enhance the international status of Taiwan in 1998 played a significant part in explaining the reasons behind the 'two-state' theory. Prior to Lee launching the 'two-state' theory, Lee had already planned to adopt a new policy towards China in May 1998. Thus, taking Lee's motives for amending Taiwan's China policy in 1998 into account provides a more complete understanding of why Lee formulated the 'two-state' theory in July 1999.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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