By Brown, KerryBy Tzu Hui, Kalley Wu
Taiwan remains one of the great paradoxes of the international order. A place with its own flag, currency, government and military, but which most of the world does not recognise as a sovereign country. A place which China continues to regard as a `rebellious province', but which... has nevertheless managed to survive for decades as an independent nation, in defiance of its far stronger neighbour. But with China now becoming a major power on the world stage, Taiwan's position has never been more precarious. In The Taiwan Challenge, Kerry Brown and Kalley Wu Tzu Hui provide a concise but comprehensive history of Taiwan, and of its tempestuous relationship with mainland China. Surveying the country's political, cultural and economic history, the authors consider how the island's shifting fortunes have been shaped by conquest, Cold War intrigue and more recently by the rise of China as a global power. They argue that the dispute over Taiwan's status speaks to a wider conflict over Chinese identity and control of China's past, and provides a unique insight into how China views its place in the world, as well as its ambitions for the future.Read more
Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese studies and Director of the Lau China Institute,at King's College, London. Prior to this he spent seven years working for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including as First Secretary at the British Embassy in Beijing. His previous books include CEO China: The Rise of Xi Jinping (2016) and China and the New Maoists (with Simone van Nieuwenhuizen, Zed 2016). Kalley Wu Tzu Hui is a researcher and international financial consultant specializing in China. She has worked for over a decade in finance and international trade in Taiwan, the UK and Australia. She is a native of Taiwan.
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