London and New York: Routledge, 2017, 216 pp., us$ 150 (hb); us$ 58.95 (pb).In Convergence or Conflict in the Taiwan Strait: The Illusion of Peace? J. Michael Cole examines the unequal relations between China and Taiwan. Cole attends to the international community’s wilful ignorance of Taiwan’s remarkable achievements in industrialisation, modernisation, and democratisation. To counter this neglect, Cole first provides an overview of how the networking of intellectual, economic, and political forces not only contributes to the legitimisation of the One China policy, but also creates the illusion of a peaceful reunification of China and Taiwan. Beyond unpacking the risks embedded in the limited international understanding of Taiwan’s struggle, Cole discusses China’s manoeuvres to reunite with, or more accurately annex, Taiwan. Cole warns that the resilience of the people on Taiwan and the Chinese Communist Party’s relentless pursuit of reunification could easily result in a clash. For Cole, an independent and democratic Taiwan plays a key role in sustaining regional stability and peace. He further recommends the Taiwanese people make more effort to counter China’s propaganda narratives that promote Taiwan as an integral part of China and the inevitability of reunification. Specifically, this counterpropaganda strategy should be grounded in
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