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Taiwan is 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 recognize as a sovereign country. An island that China regards as a “rebellious province,” but which has managed to survive defiantly for decades as an independent nation. However, with China now a major power on the world stage and with its ally United States looking increasingly inward, Taiwan’s position has never been more precarious. Kerry Brown and Kalley Wu Tzu Hu reveal how the island’s shifting fortunes have been shaped by centuries of conquest and by a cast of dynamic characters, by Cold War intrigue and the rise of its neighbor as a global power, explaining how this tiny island, caught between the agendas of two superpowers, is attempting to find its place in a rapidly changing world order. The Trouble with Taiwan relates the story of a fascinating nation and culture, and how its disputed status speaks to a wider, global story about Chinese control and waning US influence.
About the Author
Kerry Brown is professor of Chinese studies and director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College, London. He is the author of CEO China: The Rise of Xi Jinping and coauthor of China and the New Maoists, the latter from Zed Books. Kalley Wu Tzu Hui is a researcher and international financial consultant specializing in China. She is a native of Taiwan.
"Brown (King's College, UK) and Tzu-Hui, a financial researcher, thoughtfully present Taiwan-related issues by relaying relevant information, introducing diverse perspectives, and highlighting unique cases. [...] As Taiwan has become a barometer of the China-Taiwan-US relationship,this book helps readers understand the island’s extraordinary status in the complicated web of international relations." — Choice