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.
Unlike other European countries, Holland grew as perhaps the world’s first democracy with great wealth and relative egalitarianism, meritocracy rather than an aristocracy, and an absence of true monarchy. Holland’s great wealth also led to a worldwide colonial empire that competed with the other great European colonial empires. It was the Dutch who conquered Taiwan and brought the island under the first of six foreign colonial rulers. Like other colonial rulers around the world, the Dutch were racist, abused human rights, and indulged in slavery. Thus, although atypical at home, the Dutch in ruling their colonies, including Taiwan, were typical of colonial governments around the world.