Written by the former chairman and managing director of the
American Institute in Taiwan, this book sheds new light on key
topics in the history of U.S.-Taiwan relations. It fills an
important gap in our understanding of how the U.S. government
addressed Taiwan and the Taiwan Strait issue from the early 1940s
to the present. One theme that runs through these essays is the
series of obstacles erected that denied the people of Taiwan a say
in shaping their own destiny: Franklin Roosevelt chose to return
Taiwan to mainland China for geopolitical reasons; there was little
pressure on the Kuomintang to reform its authoritarian rule until
Congress got involved in the early 1980s; Chiang Kai-shek spurned
American efforts in the 1960s to keep Taiwan in international
organizations; and behind the ROC's back, the Nixon, Carter, and
Reagan administrations negotiated agreements with the PRC that
undermined Taiwan's position. In addition to discussing how the
United States reacted to key human rights cases from the 1940s to
the 1980s, the author also discusses the Bush and Clinton
administrations' efforts to preserve U.S. interests while
accommodating new forces in the region. All these episodes have an
enduring relevance for the people of Taiwan, and in his conclusion
the author discusses where the relationship stands today. The book
includes related documents that helped shape the U.S.-Taiwan
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