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Taiwan and The ‘China Impact’
Challenges and Opportunities

Edited By

Gunter Schubert

ISBN 9781138945920
Published November 24, 2015 by Routledge
334 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

There can be no doubt that China’s economic and political rise is having a stronger effect on Taiwan than on any other country, given the Chinese government’s claim to sovereignty over Taiwan, and Taiwan’s quest to maintain its democratic achievements and political identity as a sovereign state. Against this background, this volume deals with the ‘bigger picture’ of evolving relations across the Taiwan Strait, departing from the observation that China’s impact on Taiwan has become stronger over the last 20 years.

This book analyses the ‘China impact’ on Taiwan in terms of its social, political and security space from both an empirical and conceptual point of view. It is the first comprehensive account of China’s multifaceted impact on the politics and society of contemporary Taiwan, written by renowned scholars from Taiwan, Europe and the U.S. The book covers a wide range of topics including Taiwan’s party alignment, elections, generational politics, cross-strait political economy, immigration policy and security. The contributors, political scientists and sociologists, highlight both the dangers and the opportunities of the ‘China impact’ for Taiwan and draw a realistic picture of the island republic’s current situation and future options in the shadow of its giant neighbour.

Based on qualitative and quantitative data, this volume intends to fill a gap in the Taiwan studies field by studying the ‘China impact’ on Taiwan’s politics and society systematically and from a comparative perspective. By doing so, it will be of great interest to students and scholars of Taiwan studies, and East Asian politics and society more generally.

Table of Contents

Foreword 1. Introduction Part I: The ‘China Impact’ on Taiwan’s Domestic Politics 2. The PRC as a Player in Taiwan’s Domestic Politics: A Two-Level Game Analysis 3. Cross-Strait Relations as an "Easy" Issue: China’s Impact on Evidence Provision in Negative Political Campaigning in Taiwan 4. The China Impact on Taiwan’s Elections: Cross-Strait Economic Integration through the Lens of Election Advertising 5. The China Impact on Taiwan’s Generational Politics 6. Facing the Dragon and Riding the Tiger. Assessing the Mainland Taishang as an ‘Impact Factor’ in Cross-Strait Relations 7. Signaling Peace: A Theory of the ECFA and a Peace Dividend beyond the Taiwan Strait 8. Political Competition Framed by the China Factor: Looking beyond the 2012 Presidential Election Part II: The ‘China Impact’ on Taiwanese Society 9. The Social Basis of Taiwan’s Cross-Strait Policies, 2008-2012 10. Cross-Strait Trade and Class Cleavages in Taiwan 11. Escalator or Merry-Go-Round: Taiwanese Skilled Migration to China) 12. Taiwan’s Immigration Policy and the China Impact: The Case of Cross-Strait Families 13.Taiwanese Youth in Mainland China: Fragile Identity in the Shadow of China Part III: The ‘China Impact’ on Taiwan’s Security14. The Rise of China and Its Implications for US.-Taiwan Relations 15. Cross-Strait Integration and Taiwan’s New Security Challenges 16. Conclusions: Assessing the China Impact

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Gunter Schubert is Professor of Greater China Studies at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Tübingen, Germany. He is also the founder and Director of the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan at this university.


"...one of the valuable inputs of some contributors is to provide a “bottom-up” approach—by using either public opinion surveys or interviews, or both—to examine the impact of mainland China on Taiwan’s politics and society...Taiwan and the “China Impact” very thought-provoking for many people interested in Taiwan and cross-Strait relations."

Kwei-Bo Huang, National Chengchi University, Taiwan, Asian Politics & Policy (APP)