China Leadership Monitor No. 21 is now available.
Taiwan’s Election 2008 and the Future of Cross-Strait Relations—Alan D. Romberg
The campaign now under way for the office of Taiwan’s next president will affect the next Taipei administration’s approach to cross-Strait issues, the outlook of policymakers in Beijing preparing to deal with the new Taiwan leadership, and U.S. attitudes toward the winner.
The Political Implications of China’s Growing Middle Class—Joseph Fewsmith
China’s rising middle class has so far given no indication that it desires to challenge the political status quo, a trend that suggests social cohesion behind the Beijing regime.