Taiwan, the United States, and the Hidden History of the Cold War in Asia: Divided Allies

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Global Taiwan Lecture Series


This presentation explores the challenges which faced the United States and Taiwanese alliance during the Cold War, addressing a wide range of events and influences of the period between the 1950s and 1970s. Tackling seven main topics to outline the fluctuations of the U.S.–Taiwan relationship, Dr. Lin’s new book highlights the impact of the mainland counteroffensive, the offshore islands, Tibet, Taiwan’s secret operations in Asia, Taiwan’s Soviet and nuclear gambits, Chinese representation in the United Nations, and the Vietnam War. Utilizing multinational archival research, particularly the newly available materials from Taiwan and the United States, to reevaluate Taiwan’s foreign policy during the Cold War, revealing a pragmatic and opportunistic foreign policy disguised in nationalistic rhetoric. Moreover, this study represents a departure from previous scholarship, emphasizing the dictatorial and incompetent nature of the Chinese Nationalist regime, to provide fresh insights into the nature of U.S.–Taiwan relations.


Hsiao-ting Lin is curator of the Modern China and Taiwan collection and research fellow at the Hoover Institution. His academic interests include border strategies and defenses in modern China, political institutions and the bureaucratic system of the Chinese Nationalist Party, and US-Taiwan military and political relations during the Cold War. He has published extensively, including Accidental State: Chiang Kai-shek, the United States, and the Making of Taiwan (Harvard University Press, 2016); Modern China’s Ethnic Frontiers: A Journey to the West (Routledge, 2011); Tibet and Nationalist China’s Frontier: Intrigues and Ethnopolitics, 1928–49 (UBC Press, 2006), Taiwan, the United States, and the Hidden History of the Cold War in Asia: Divided Allies (Routledge, 2022); and over a hundred journal articles, book chapters, edited volumes, reviews, and opinion pieces.


Hsiao-ting Lin
Curator of the Modern China and Taiwan collection, and Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution

Yiching Wu
Associate Professor, Asian Institute and the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto

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Asian Institute


Global Taiwan Studies Initiative

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