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A war in the Taiwan Strait would destroy China's international relations overnight. It would destroy Chinese - Japanese relations, not to mention Chinese - American relations.
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And look at the mess that Russia is; most Chinese don't want to follow that.
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Another goal is to look to the resources we have and to see how we could do better to plan, in a sense, for the faculty and infrastructure that we will need to study Asia well into the 21st century.
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But our main agenda is really to try to integrate the study of Asia here at Harvard and to play as positive a role as we can in this institution.
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East Asia has prospered since the end of the Vietnam War, and Northeast Asia has prospered since the end of the Korean War in a way that seems unimaginable when you think of the history of the first half of the century.
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Every effort we have made at mediation between the Guomindang and the Chinese Communist Party or Taiwan and the PRC has not been very successful.
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Harvard is first and foremost a university and not a consulting operation, and our job here is to teach and to research and to create knowledge on Asia in conjunction and in cooperation with scholars as well as with political, intellectual, and cultural leaders in Asia.
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I don't believe that economic and cultural interaction automatically brings greater peace and understanding, although it may help in that regard.
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I would hope we would begin a series of projects that would do more to bring the different parts of the university together in the study of Asia, for example, in the study of the professions in Asia.
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I wouldn't dare to provide a model of what China's political future ought to be.
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In Japan and Korea the optimism for economic recovery is more cautious, but with rather greater optimism now than a year ago.
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It was not rational for Russia to support Serbia to the hilt in 1914, but it did, at the cost of the world entering the First World War.
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It's a very bad set of dynamics right now where you have the PRC seeking to enter into negotiations with Taiwan while calling its leader a renegade traitor and scab.
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Just as clearly there are those in Taiwan who would seek to defend themselves by military means for lack of other means.
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Now, I believe that war is never inevitable until it starts, but there has been a great proclivity in human history, and including in recent history, for war.
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One of the problems, as you know, is that the Chinese language is not as nuanced as others for dealing with the difference between state and country.
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Since I don't believe that there is an easy, short-term political solution to Taiwan's relationship with the PRC, it is one in which one would hope that ever greater levels of integration lead to some form of agreement politically on the areas where both have an interest to agree politically.
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So, anything that avoids a conflict that could draw in, unhappily again, outside powers such as the United States or revisit, for example, Japan's interests in the Taiwan area would be the last thing that anyone would want.
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So, I think China desperately needs to legitimize some form of opposition.
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So, to the degree that that question remains unanswered, China remains politically unstable into the next century.
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Taiwan is a major economy.
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The Chinese government since 1979 has been very successful in economic development, and successful enough, simply by surviving, in the realm of political development.
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The greater concerns in China and Taiwan are on the political side, not on the economic side.
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The model that most Chinese leaders have not wanted to follow is the Soviet Union.
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The most important thing that certainly the United States and other Asian and Pacific actors have done is to urge that whatever happens, however the dispute is resolved, that it be resolved peacefully.
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The PRC is the big brother in this relationship, and it has the capacity to be generous to Taiwan on this issue in a manner that might do much to defuse that issue internally in Taiwan.
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The reform of state industry, and most directly related to that, the banking sector, is enormously daunting.
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There is no question that Taiwan is a state in any political science definition of a state.
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You could argue that war is always an irrational act, and yet many states enter into military conflict out of rational calculation or national interest or the stability or longevity of their regime.
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