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Recent Reports

China and Taiwan: Uneasy Détente, Asia Briefing N°42, 21 Sep 2005

After drifting toward crisis for much of 2004, the outlook for stability across the Taiwan Strait has improved.

Taiwan Strait IV: How an Ultimate Political Settlement Might Look, Asia Report N°75, 26 Feb 2004

Each side’s most preferred solution for resolving the continuing Taiwan Strait issue – in the case of Taipei, widely recognised de jure independence; and in the case of Beijing, reunification of China on the same ‘one country, two systems’ basis as Hong Kong – are both non-starters.

Taiwan Strait II: The Risk of War, Asia Report N°54, 6 Jun 2003

China's underlying position on its cross-Strait relations, however strong its current commitment to peaceful diplomacy, is that Taiwan must make sustained, visible progress toward a peaceful settlement or risk a resort to armed hostilities.

Taiwan Strait III: The Chance of Peace, Asia Report N°55, 6 Jun 2003

Apparently irreconcilable positions on the ‘one China’ principle have emerged between China and Taiwan over the last decade, with Taiwan for some time now asserting not only that it is a separate political entity but an independent sovereign country.

Taiwan Strait I: What's Left of 'One China'?, Asia Report N°53, 6 Jun 2003

In the last decade, Taiwan has moved slowly but surely away from its commitment to the idea of ‘one China’, the proposition, long agreed on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, that Taiwan and the mainland are parts of one country.