Date of Submission
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
As the relationship between Beijing and Washington becomes increasingly confrontational, many worry about a potentially catastrophic U.S.-China war over the issue of Taiwan. At the center of the complex relationship lies the One China policy, which serves as the foundation for a peaceful Taiwan Strait. There are three pillars that hold up the One China policy and the status quo: 1. A friendly, cooperative, and working U.S.-China relationship, 2. China’s willingness for working with Taiwan, and 3. Taiwan’s willingness for eventual reunification. The thesis is then followed by analyses of the One China Policy over the last three U.S. administrations (Bush, Obama, and Trump) to examine the dynamics of these three pillars and the effects they have on the stability of the region, and the changes that have happened over time that eroded the three pillars. The thesis concludes with a discussion on the challenges Biden face in wake of a heightened threat of war in the Taiwan Strait between the two global superpowers.
Wang, Qingyang, "The Perfect “Imperfect” Policy: Analysis of the One China Policy during the past three U.S. administrations" (2021). CMC Senior Theses. 2755.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.