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The Taiwan Issue in Sino-American Strategic Relations
The Taiwan Issue in Sino-American Strategic Relations
By Martin L. Lasater
Westview Press, 1984, 283 pp

The first half of this volume is a well-balanced account of China's power potential, Sino-Soviet relations and Sino-American relations. Its main conclusion is that U.S. security in Asia should rest more on American strength and the support of its traditional regional allies than on optimistic projections of China as an ally against the Soviet Union. The second half is an account of recent developments in Taiwan. The author concludes with a warning against any compromise of U.S. principles in the case of Taiwan. "If in the future Beijing offers conditions of reunification which the people of Taiwan can accept, so be it. U.S. interests are best served by a peaceful reunification. . . . In the meantime, the current dual-track policy of the United States should be maintained."