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The U.S.-Taiwan-China Relationship in International Law and Policy

The U.S.-Taiwan-China Relationship in International Law and Policy

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press USA
  • ISBN: 9780190601126
  • Published In: May 2016
  • Format: Hardback
  • Jurisdiction: China, Taiwan, U.S. ? Disclaimer:
    Countri(es) stated herein are used as reference only

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    For a country of its size, Taiwan has a tremendous influence on world affairs and U.S. policy. The U.S.-Taiwan-China Relationship in International Law and Policy describes the central issues animating the dynamic U.S.-Taiwan-China relationship and the salient international and domestic legal issues shaping U.S. policy in the Asia Pacific region.

    In this book, Lung-chu Chen gives particular attention to Taiwan's status under international law, and the role of the U.S. Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) in the formulation and execution of U.S. policy toward Taiwan. This book endorses the central purpose of the Taiwan Relations Act-achieving a peaceful resolution to the Taiwan question-while offering policy alternatives that will empower Taiwan to participate more actively in the international arena.

    This book follows in the tradition of the New Haven School of international law. As such, it defines the common interests of the world community, which include demands for human dignity and security and the protection of human rights in accordance with bedrock norms such as the right to self-determination and the peaceful resolution of conflict. Chen proposes that in accordance with international law, historical trends, and contemporary political conditions, the people of Taiwan should ultimately determine a path to normalized statehood through a plebiscite under the supervision of the international community.

  • Preface
    About the Author
    Introduction

    Part One / Historical and Contemporary Facts
    1. Historical Background
    2. Taiwan's Contemporary Landscape

    Part Two / Articulation of Goals and Policy Considerations
    3. Clarification of Common Interests
    4. The Evolution of Taiwan Statehood
    5. U.S. Constitutional Issues Concerning the Taiwan Relations Act

    Part Three / Trends in Development and Conditioning Factors
    6. U.S.- Taiwan Relations
    7. U.S.-China Relations
    8. Taiwan-China Relations

    Part Four / Projections of Probable Future Developments
    9. A Developing U.S.-China Rivalry?
    10. Possible Future Developments for Taiwan

    Part Five / Recommendations of Policy Alternatives
    11. Recommendations of Policy Alternatives
    12. Let the People of Taiwan Decide Taiwan's Future

    Suggested Readings in English
    Suggested Readings in Chinese
    Text of Selected Documents
    Index

  • Lung-chu Chen is an internationally recognized scholar and Professor of Law at New York Law School, specializing in international law, human rights, and the United Nations. He previously served as Research Associate, Senior Research Associate, and Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School. He received his LL.B. with first-place honors from National Taiwan University, his LL.M. from Northwestern University, and his LL.M. and J.S.D. from Yale University. While still a junior at the National Taiwan University, he ranked first of some four thousand participants in Taiwan's national examination for judgeship and other high governmental posts-a unique distinction in Taiwan's history.
    He is founder and chairman of the Taiwan New Century Foundation (a think tank), founder and president of the New Century Institute (New York), and charter president and honorary president of the Taiwan United Nations Alliance (TAIUNA). He is a board member of the Policy Sciences Center, a former president of the Taiwanese Society of International Law, and a former national policy adviser to the president of Taiwan.

    Formerly he was also chairman of the section on international law of the Association of American Law Schools, a member of the executive council of the American Society of International Law, a director of the American Society of Comparative Law, and a member of the editorial board of its journal (American Journal of Comparative Law). He was chief editor of Human Rights, published by the American Bar Association Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities. In addition, he served as vice president and a member of the governing council of the International League for Human Rights and president of the North America Taiwanese Professors' Association. He was a principal lecturer at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, a training center for human rights experts founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner René Cassin.

    His publications include Membership for Taiwan in the United Nations: Achieving Justice and Universality (editor), An Introduction to Contemporary International LawHuman Rights and World Public Order (with Myres S. McDougal and Harold D. Lasswell), and Formosa, China, and the United Nations (with Harold D. Lasswell). In addition, he has written and edited numerous books and articles in Chinese. Currently he is general editor of a series of books relating to the U.N. system published under the auspices of the Taiwan Institute for U.N. Studies, a project of the Taiwan New Century Foundation. He is also editor in chief of New Century Think Tank Forum, a quarterly in Chinese published jointly by the Taiwan New Century Foundation and the New Century Institute.

  • "Professor Chen provides a sophisticated political-legal analysis of Taiwan's international status that will inform readers on all sides of this issue, together with a deeply informed brief for its independent statehood on both political and legal grounds. A valuable feature of the book is its detailed analysis of the origins and meaning of the Taiwan Relations Act, by which Congress set down the enduring principles that govern American Taiwan policy." -Andrew J. Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

    "A most profound and important exposition of the evolution of a free and democratic Taiwan committed to human rights and political self-determination for twenty-three million Taiwanese; significant past, present, and projected relations with the United States and China; and common interests and opportunities regarding peace, human security, economic progress, and human dignity in the Asia Pacific region. This timely study also provides compelling recommendations for political action, including a plebiscite through which the Taiwanese people can 'define their international status.'" -Jordan J. Paust, Law Center, University of Houston

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