1st Edition

New Dynamics in Cross-Taiwan Strait Relations
How Far Can the Rapprochement Go?

ISBN 9781138950405
Published July 23, 2015 by Routledge
244 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Relations between mainland China and Taiwan have improved markedly in recent years, giving rise to the key question, How far can the current rapprochement go? This book focuses on how mainland China-Taiwan relations are likely to develop in future. It considers economic relations, including the many recent trade agreements, the political sphere, where there has been little progress, the impact of increasing personal, social contacts, and the role of international actors, especially the United States. The book concludes by arguing that the present "circulatory dialogue" is likely to continue, without a transformative breakthrough.

Table of Contents

Introduction Weixing Hu  Part 1: Does the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement have spillover effects in political relations?  1. The Spillover Effect of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement and Its Implications for Cross-Strait Relations David Wei Feng Huang  2. Economic Interests in Taiwan’s Cross-Strait Policy and Linkages to National Identity: Has the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement Opened the Way to a Political Solution? Syaru Shirley Lin  3. The Nature of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement and Its Implications for Peaceful Development of Cross Strait Relations: Perspectives from the Mainland Li Peng  Part 2: Why the political stalemate is so hard to break?  4. Beijing's Evolving Policy and Strategic Thinking on Taiwan Gang Lin  5. Cross-Strait Confidence Building Measures: Prospects and Implications Francis Yi-hua Kan  6. Diplomatic Truce in cross-Strait relations: Limits and Prospects Gerald Chan  7. Politics in command of the Mainland's Military Policy toward Taiwan You Ji  Part 3: Social Dimension of Cross-Strait Relations  8. Interest, Identity, and People's Preference on Taiwan's Independence Issue Lu-huei Chen  9. Bidding for Taiwanese Hearts: Evaluating the Achievement of China’s Economic Statecraft against Taiwan Shu Keng  10. Social Dimensions of Changing Cross-Strait relations: the Case of Taishang Chun-Yi Lee  Part 4: Whither cross-Strait Relations?  11. The United States and the Changing Cross-Strait Relations Jianwei Wang  12. Peaceful Unification vs. Divided Rule: Assessing Political Relations across the Taiwan Strait Zhang Baohui  13. Prospects of Cross-Strait Relations: Toward an Involutionary Process? Weixing Hu


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Weixing Hu is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Hong Kong.