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This article examines the impact of democratization on Taiwan’'s foreign policy making. For fifty years, the ruling Kuomintang determined Taiwan’s China policy. The democratization that made possible the election of President Chen Shui-bian, however, complicated foreign policy making by allowing the participation of more voices in Taiwan’s politics. For the past five years, the now opposition KMT and other parties have challenged Chen’'s China policy with a vastly different foreign policy agenda. This article examines their views, and the influence of party cleavage on Taiwan’s China policy. It seeks to answer the following questions: In Taiwan, does “politics stop at the water’s edge”? (i.e., is there strong coordination among national officials and politicians), or is the state “disaggregated” with different elements (e.g., political parties) conducting semi-autonomous foreign policies in the service if disparate societal interests?