Critical Readings on China-Taiwan Relations reprints important articles and book chapters which examine aspects of China-Taiwan relations historically, bilaterally in military-security and economic affairs, and multilaterally with the United States, Japan, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Pacific. The work begins with an introduction by the editor, Professor J. Bruce Jacobs, outlining several key issues in China-Taiwan relations. Critical Readings provides important background and facilitates understanding of such potential world flashpoints as the Taiwan Strait, the East China Sea and the South China Sea.
J. Bruce Jacobs is Emeritus Professor of Asian Languages and Studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His extensive list of publications includes two recent books: Local Politics in Rural Taiwan under Dictatorship and Democracy (Norwalk, CT: EastBridge, 2008) and Democratizing Taiwan (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2012). Professor Jacobs’ field research in China and Taiwan covers more than four decades. In addition to being fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Professor Jacobs also speaks considerable Hokkien or Taiwanese.