Professor Tang is also one of the leading Taiwanese scholars in the field of international relations today. Largely based on a policy memo Professor Tang submitted, Ma Ying-Jiu developed the "special relationship" designation for relations with Beijing. As I learned in the class, both the KMT and CCP accept the concept of one Chinese nation; only the DPP supports a Taiwanese national identity. However, the KMT supports one-nation, one-state under ROC leadership of all of China, while the CCP advocates one-nation two systems, currently being implemented in the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions.
An additional area of note was the opinions of the Taiwanese public regarding cross-straits issues. Since 1990 the general trend in public opinion is that since 1990 approximately sixty percent of Taiwanese have wanted to maintain the status quo relationship with the Mainland, twenty percent support independence, and ten percent of Taiwanese support unification. However, a majority of Taiwanese support reunification with the Mainland under the prerequisites of political reforms in the Mainland and an island-wide popular referendum. Dr. Tang also noted the increasing divergence culturally between Mainlanders and Taiwanese, which has played an important role in decreasing the number of Taiwanese who identify themselves as singularly Chinese as represented by the PRC. This also feeds into another interesting concept, that of ROC-Chinese versus PRC-Chinese, which leads to the conclusion that most Taiwanese now identify themselves as Taiwan Chinese, members of the greater Chinese nation, but with certain special characteristics as a result of being Taiwanese.
Before I went to Taiwan, I had very limited knowledge on the subject matter of Cross-Straits relations or Taiwanese history. However, as a result of taking the Taiwan in the Global Context course offered as an exchange with GW, not to mention just being in Taiwan, I learned a lot about the issues.