The first edition of In Making China Modernized: Comparative Modernization between Mainland China and Taiwan was written and completed in the early 1990s at a time when hostilities between both sides of the Taiwan Strait had begun to diminish through increasing people-to-people and cultural contacts. A lot has been happening since the publication of the first edition, however, and in March of 1996, mainland China and Taiwan became the foci of world attention. Headlines on the worldwide news media and global communication networks reported a growing tension between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, with all eyes on the presidential election in Taiwan and the military threats from mainland China. There was fear in the international community that conflict in the Taiwan Straits might trigger an all out international war. The current edition of In Making China Modernized: Comparative Modernization between Mainland China and Taiwan is a response to this new awareness of the significant role played by both mainland China and Taiwan in maintaining global stability. Statistics on economic performance on both sides of the Taiwan Strait have been updated, and evidence of contacts between the two sides have been added to the current edition, making it the most up-to-date reference source on the subject.
"In Making China Modernized: Comparative Modernization between Mainland China and Taiwan,"
Maryland Series in Contemporary Asian Studies:
Vol. 1996: No. 5, Article 1.
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