In This Review

Mainland China, Taiwan, and U.S. Policy
Mainland China, Taiwan, and U.S. Policy
Edited by Hung-mao Tien
Oelgeschlager, 1983, 287 pp

All the contributors here are experts of Chinese origin with widely differing views about the desirable future for China and Taiwan. These include Jo-hsi Chen's review of the Democracy Movement which flourished during the "Peking spring" of 1979, and Chu-yuan Cheng's brief but lucid account of China's prospects for economic modernization. Chen, who is noted for her widely acclaimed Mayor Yin, a collection of stories about the Cultural Revolution, argues that the non-official reformist journals which suddenly appeared in 1979-80 all advocated democracy for China but differed over the kind. Some advocated Western-style democracy, while others wanted only to reform China's socialist system because they thought it not practical to challenge the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party. She is cautious about the future of reform in China and urges the formation of a non-Party pressure group to push for it.