The US Strategic Pivot to Asia and Cross-Strait Relations: by Peter C. Y. Chow (eds.)

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What then sustained the freeze for the next decade (1995–2005) were three factors: first, nationalism on the mainland intensified in the wake of the return of Hong Kong and Macau, stimulated by a propaganda campaign in school curricula and popular media as the regime shifted from ideological to patriotic legitimation following the collapse of the Communist bloc. Second, the advent of electoral democracy in Taiwan resulted in a sub-ethnic split between Taiwanese (“benshengren”) and mainlanders (“waishengren”).

11. 12. 13. 14. 15. • 29 ratings cannot be attributed exclusively to cross-strait relations, but also (apparently) to economic and managerial incompetence. In his report to the 18th party congress in November 2012, Hu Jintao recommended negotiating a peace agreement with Taiwan. This represents a breakthrough in China’s Taiwan policy as Beijing previous opposed such an idea because of the unresolved sovereignty issue. In a 2012 TVBS poll, 68 percent of those surveyed favored maintaining the current status quo—the highest percentage since the poll began in 2000.

18 percent. q=node/296. 2. , levels of income). , where everyone has the same income). , where only one person has all the income). Any increase thus represents greater inequality. 3. For a perceptive analysis of the limited political utility of cross-strait economic integration, see Scott L. Kastner, Political Conflict and Economic Interdependence across the Taiwan Strait and Beyond (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2009). 4. Cf. Yu-Shan Wu and Lowell Dittmer, “What Drives the Cross-Strait Rapprochement?

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