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Taiwan & China: The Unspoken Conflict In The 21st Century
by Madrigal Melgoza, Dorian, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2013, 67; 10305833
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis concentrates on the long lasting conflict between China and Taiwan. This conflict began after the civil war which took place in China in 1949. After its defeat, the Nationalist Party, fled to Taiwan, and established the Republic of China. This declaration of a sovereign Taiwan started the conflict between the two parties. Today, Taiwan is considered to be a "province" of mainland China, but Taiwan still has its own government, and pays little attention to China's government. This thesis focuses on whether Taiwan has a legitimate reason to call itself a sovereign nation. The thesis focuses on the younger generation of Chinese and Taiwanese because the younger generation of each nation will be able to provide us with strong evidence as to how each country has developed with respect to this conflict. The methodology used in the thesis includes secondary sources such as book references, and a 200 hundred student survey conducted in Beijing, China and Taipei, Taiwan. The main purpose of this survey was to see how the new generation of Chinese and Taiwanese has changed in terms of identity and culture. I will argue that Taiwan does have a legitimate reason to be considered a sovereign state. I hope this thesis will bring more awareness about Taiwan, and demonstrate to the international community how different China and Taiwan have truly become.

Keywords: History; Taiwan; Government; Identity; Culture

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Peters, Heather
Commitee: Perry, Susan
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: International Affairs
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian Studies, International Relations
Keywords: China, Government, National sovereignty, Taiwan
Publication Number: 10305833
ISBN: 978-1-369-49397-9
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