The 1995-1996 Taiwan Straits Confrontation
Read this article by Robert S. Ross on the Taiwan Straits Crisis and answer the following questions for class discussion.

  1. According to the article, what was the immediate cause of the Taiwan Straits Crisis (1995-1996)?
  2. How did this change U.S-China relations?
  3. What challenge did Lee Teng Hui's visit to U.S pose to China's interest?
  4. What was China's intentions between 21-28 July 1995?
  5. Explain the significance of Richard Nixon's visit to China in 1972?
  6. Why did China accuse Taiwanese officials as being "cocky"?
  7. What were the "3-Nos in U.S-China" Relations?
  8. Why was the November 1995 military exercises considered the most serious concern for US?
  9. How did the crisis affect contemporary U.S-China Relations? Read this short article to find out more.
  10. The China Debate in the US