Australia-Taiwan relations defy easy categorisation. Business and trade links are robust. Both countries support the US-led East Asian order and democracy. Yet, omnipresent pressure from China ensures relations are hard edged and mutually exasperating. In Australia and Taiwan, Joel Atkinson untangles and explains this important Asia-Pacific relationship. He covers history through to the end of the Cold War, the role of Taiwan in Australia’s contemporary relations with China and the US, and bilateral issues such as ministerial visits and friction in the South Pacific.
Atkinson breaks new ground with this comprehensive analysis of Australia-Taiwan relations. He draws on numerous interviews conducted in Australia, Taiwan and the South Pacific, archives, newspapers, governmental publications, leaked US diplomatic cables, and Chinese sources.
Joel Atkinson , PhD, is a Lecturer in Taiwan Studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His research has been published in The Pacific Review , Pacific Affairs , the Australian Journal of International Affairs , and the Australian Journal of Politics and History .
Part One: History Chapter One Early Links: European Colonization to the Start of the Korean War
Chapter Two Early Cold War: Australia's Taian Problem, 1950-1972
Chapter Three Late Cold War: Australia's Taiwan Opportunity, 1972-Early 1990s
Part Two: The Taiwan Issue in Australia's Relations with China and the US Chapter Four Australian Policy Feels the Post-Cold War Squeeze, 1989-2001
Chapter Five Australia Sidelines Taiwan, 2001-2007
Chapter Six Confronting China--With or Without Taiwan, 2007-2011
Part Three: Australia-Taiwan Relations in China's Shadow Chapter Seven Politics Meets Economics: A Focus on Bilateral Issues
Chapter Eight South Pacific Friction
Conclusion: Australia-Taiwan Relations in Perspective
All interested in the foreign relations of Australia, Taiwan, China or the US, or Asia-Pacific international relations. This includes thinktank and university researchers, officials, journalists, university students, and informed laypeople.