Cross-Strait Relations Since 2016: The End of the Illusion examines the situation in the Taiwan Strait since the election of Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party in the January 2016 general elections.

Tracking the pragmatic approach taken by the Tsai administration, this book positions the recent developments within a changing geopolitical context and analyzes Beijing’s reactions to an environment which has become increasingly skeptical of its intentions. It shows that despite President Tsai’s commitment to the "status quo" in the Taiwan Strait and pro-democracy policies, which have been well received by the international community, Xi Jinping continues to advocate for a unification policy which remains very unpopular in Taiwan. With in-depth, on-the-ground analysis based on access to various government actors in Taiwan and abroad, the author takes a deep dive into a highly complex relationship that is often misunderstood abroad, with stakes that have direct implications for the future stability of the Indo-Pacific region.

The first English language book to provide a full assessment of the four years of DPP rule since 2016, this book will be useful to students and scholars of Asian Studies and Taiwan Studies, as well as Security Studies, Politics and International Relations.

part 1|76 pages

The illusion is broken

chapter 1|22 pages

The road to the “deep freeze”

chapter 2|44 pages

The gloves come off

China’s punitive strategy

chapter 3|8 pages

Trouble in the green camp

part 2|71 pages

The regional and global context

chapter 4|19 pages

Taiwan and China’s greater ambitions

Geopolitics and ideology

chapter 5|24 pages

U.S.–Taiwan rapprochement

chapter 6|16 pages

The future of the Japan-Taiwan partnership

chapter 7|10 pages

Taiwan and the world

Isolation vs. creative engagement

part 3|45 pages

The road ahead

chapter 8|16 pages

Democracy under the DPP

A scorecard

chapter 9|10 pages

Reinventing Taiwan for the 21st century

chapter 10|17 pages

What’s next? 2019 and beyond