Identities, Rationality and Taiwan’s China Policy: The Dynamics of Cross-Strait Exchanges - CWP Alumni Chi-hung Wei & Christina Lai

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017
by dsuchens

Abstract: Identities have been viewed as determining Taiwan’s China policy, but this article argues that identities cannot explain Taipei’s China policy without reference to rationality. The article develops a theoretical framework that synthesises identities and rationality and examines Taipei’s cross-Strait exchange programs. We argue that whether Taipei imposes or relaxes bans on cross-Strait exchanges depends not only on its identities but also on its rational decisions in response to the status of cross-Strait relations. On the one hand, a Taiwanese administration that upholds a one-China identity rationally restricts exchanges when cross-Strait relations are tense; conversely, it opens exchanges during cross-Strait détente. On the other hand, when Taipei embraces a Taiwanese identity, it is only in times of cross-Strait tensions that Taipei advances exchanges as a rational gesture of goodwill taken to avoid spirals of tension; conversely, exchanges will be low on Taipei’s policy priority list when cross-Strait crises recede.


Identities, Rationality and Taiwan’s China Policy: The Dynamics of Cross-Strait Exchanges. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/312284110_Identities_Rationality_and_Taiwan%27s_China_Policy_The_Dynamics_of_Cross-Strait_Exchanges [accessed Apr 25, 2017].

Article in Asian Studies Review 41(1):1-19 · January 2017 with 4 Reads

DOI: 10.1080/10357823.2016.1263276