The end of the Cold War has regrettably not brought an end to all the major confrontations of the last century. One such confrontation is the stand-off across the Taiwan Strait. Despite increasingly interwoven economic links between the People's Republic of China and Taiwan in recent years, the tension between the two has not dissipated. War or peace across the Taiwan Strait will determine whether stability, good order and prosperity can be maintained in East Asia. The key to pre-empt war rests primarily in the hands of policymakers in Beijing and Taipei, although the United States can significantly influence policy. While no one prefers war to peace, China insists on retaining its right to use force to achieve reunification and has embarked upon a major military build-up. Steve Tsang and a group of international experts examine the subject of peace and security across the Taiwan Strait and suggest models for peace.

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