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Congratulations to Wagner College government & politics associate professor Shuahua Hu upon the publication of his new book, “Foreign Policies Toward Taiwan,” which will be formally launched on Aug. 18 by Routledge, the world’s leading academic publisher in the humanities and social sciences.

“The issue of Taiwan is the single most difficult factor in the relationship between China and the United States,” says Routledge on the book’s website. “Any cross-straits conflict between China and Taiwan is likely not only to pit the world’s two leading powers against each other, but also to suck in many other countries.

“This book provides a comprehensive analysis of other countries’ foreign policies towards Taiwan. It considers the position of the United States and key regional powers including Japan and South and North Korea, examines the attitude of Russia and other countries which support China on this issue, and discusses the surprising policies of some smaller countries, which have recognised Taiwan’s independence. The book also relates the overall picture to various international relations theories.”

A substantial preview of the book is available on Google Books.

Professor Hu’s areas of specialization include comparative and international politics in East Asia. His current research project examines the policies of major powers, such as China, the US, Japan, and Russia, toward Taiwan. He is the author of “Explaining Chinese Democratization” (Praeger, 2000) and has published numerous articles on comparative and international politics in Asia. Previously, he was a research fellow at the Institute of World Economy and Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and a research assistant at the Washington-based U.S. Institute of Peace. He joined the faculty of Wagner College in the Fall 2001 semester.

Shaohua Hu earned his Ph.D. from American University, and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Peking University.

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