How Taiwan can overcome internal stresses and the threat from China
Taiwan was a poster child for the third wave of global democratization in the 1980s. It was the first Chinese society to make the transition to democracy, and it did so gradually and peacefully. But Taiwan today faces a host of internal issues, starting with the aging of society and the resulting intergenerational conflicts over spending priorities. China's long-term threat to incorporate the island on terms similar to those used for Hong Kong exacerbates the island's home-grown problems. Taiwan remains heavily dependent on the United States for its security, but it must use its own resources to cope with Beijing's constant intimidation and pressure. How Taiwan responds to the internal and external challenges it facesand what the United States and other outside powers do to helpwill determine whether it is able to stand its ground against China's ambitions.
The book explores the broad range of issues and policy choices Taiwan confronts and offers suggestions both for what Taiwan can do to help itself and what the United States should do to improve Taiwan's chances of success.
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2. Popular Attitudes in Taiwan: A Preliminary Baseline
3. Taiwan's Government Budget
4. Taiwan's Economy
5. Taiwan's Energy Policy
6. The Politics of Taiwan's Past
7. Beijing's Taiwan Ambition
8. Taiwan's Search for Security
9. Taiwan's Military Defense
10. Taiwan's Political Defense: National Identity
11. Taiwan's Political Defense: The State
12. The PRC's Asymmetric Offense
13. Taiwan's Democratic System
14. United States Policy
15. What to Do?