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The party’s post-cold war ideology posited a multipolarity in which the US was seen as a declining power; this ideological expectation accompanies the Chinese belief that China will rise to pre-eminence. 28 Rather than the predicted multipolarity a US unipolarity emerged which heightened American confidence in dealing with Beijing. The Chinese had not expected that the US would strengthen support for Taiwan while professing adherence to the one China policy which has become a stimulus for Chinese anger.

Into this tradition the highest and most important decision-makers are initiated, as in the case of the US and to a lesser extent China. In other cases this strategy may not be articulated or formulated in doctrines but there may be unwritten codes to which foreign policy and security activity may be traced and which may be revealed through the statements and actions of key decisions makers. This is the case of Japan which has experienced a severe rupture in its strategic policy. For others which have suffered traumatic change there may be competitive ideas and much public conflict, debate and considerable confusion as the country goes about the difficult process of formulating its security policy.

69 He moved to impose control over Taiwan policy through his eight-point speech of 30 January 1995 in which he declared that the one-China principle was the basis of negotiation, that “Chinese will not attack Chinese,” that Beijing stood for peaceful reunification but would not exclude force if Taiwan moved towards 36 Values, identity and the significance of Taiwan to China independence. He stressed that this was an internal issue and that China would not tolerate any foreign interference. 71 The Taiwanese unleashed a high profile campaign for international recognition the main events being Lee Teng-hui’s visit to his Alma Mater Cornell University from 7–12 June 1995, and Taiwanese Premier Lien Chan’s visits to Austria and the Czech Republic from 15 to 22 June, which was the first visit to Europe by a highranking Taiwanese leader.

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