The 1996 Taiwan Straits Crisis.

Resource: Richard L. Russell, The 1996 Taiwan Strait Crisis: The United States and China at the Precipice of War?

Assignment Questions: What motivated Taiwan’s President Lee to make such a provocative speech at Cornell? Why did Chinese President Jiang Zemin respond the way he did? Why did U.S. President Bill Clinton respond the way he did? Why were the three players able to avoid war over this issue?