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Foreign Policy Making in Taiwan: From Principle to by Dennis V. Hickey

By Dennis V. Hickey

Following President Chen Sui-bian’s victory within the arguable 2004 presidential election, this ebook examines the long run course of Taiwan’s overseas coverage, concentrating on the inner and exterior forces that impact and form the international locations overseas coverage judgements this day. the writer means that 4 degrees of study – the overseas method, governmental constitution, societal forces and person elements – pose a few explanatory worth while looking to comprehend Taipei’s international coverage behaviour. Taiwan’s international coverage decision-making is still an incredibly complicated technique related to many vital variables. but the author’s distinctive research unearths that exterior elements, quite seismic shifts in international politics and the position of China and the U.S. have had a unprecedented measure of impression over the island’s international kin. This ebook highlights those components as very important concerns that proceed to play a serious function in shaping Taiwan’s international coverage. supplying a transparent research of the dynamics of Taiwan’s overseas coverage, international coverage Making in Taiwan is a crucial addition to the literature on Taiwan and should be crucial analyzing for fans of chinese language politics, comparative politics and overseas coverage research.

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In 2004, the Chen administration launched a controversial drive to “rectify” the names of some of the island’s diplomatic outposts and state-owned corporations. tw/ Historical overview of Taiwan’s foreign policy 17 As part of this initiative, the government is now seeking to replace the word “Taipei” with “Taiwan” in its “unofficial” overseas representative offices—a move that has met with resistance in the US and some other countries. tw/ studying the idea of changing the name of its official embassies.

Beijing has grudgingly acquiesced to Taipei’s participation in IGOs with an economic focus. ” Taiwan also participates, albeit “unofficially” in the Pacific Basin Economic Community (PBEC) and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference (PECC). More recently, Taipei has sought to become a full economic dialogue partner of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), and it now participates as an “economy” in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It also participates as an economy (“the Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Jimmen and Matsu”) in the World Trade Organization (WTO).

In fact, Ma Ying-jeou, widely considered to be the front-runner in the 2008 presidential election, spent over a week in Washington in 2006. In some instances officials were granted transit visas. In other cases, however, the US was the final destination for the visitors. Finally, Taiwan is achieving significant breakthroughs in improving global transportation and communications linkages and otherwise strengthening cooperation with countries that no longer have diplomatic relations with Taipei. For example, Taiwan has established air links with most of the world’s major countries (including special arrangements for direct travel to the PRC during the Lunar New Year holidays) and its largest air carriers—China Airlines and Eva Airlines— now serve numerous cities in Europe.

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