In Forces for Change in Contemporary China, twenty-nine leading Chinese studies specialists address the central dilemma facing the People's Republic of China—the need for change and the threat such change poses to mainland China's existing institutional power arrangements. Several experts explore the efforts of post-Mao leaders to grapple with the issues of a free market economy and democratic reform while other contributors focus on mainland China's changing relations with Taiwan. Selected from the papers presented at the twentieth-annual Sino-American Conference on Contemporary China, these timely essays probe issues relevant not only to China's political and economic future but to the fate of post-communist regimes throughout Eastern Europe.
Bin-Jaw Lin is director of the Institute of International Relations at the National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan. Formerly he served as the dean of the Graduate School of Diplomacy at the National Chengchi University.
James T. Myers is professor of Government and International Studies at the University of South Carolina. A board member of the American Association for Chinese Studies, he is author of Enemies Without Guns: The Catholic Church in the People's Republic of China and coeditor of Chinese Politics: Documents and Analysis, Volumes 1 and 2.