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No need to beg China? Taiwan’s membership of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation as a contested state

Chu, Ming-Chin Monique (2016) No need to beg China? Taiwan’s membership of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation as a contested state The China Quarterly, 225, pp. 169-189. (doi:10.1017/S030574101500171X).

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This article examines the process, causes and repercussions of the accession of Taiwan, as a contested state, together with China, to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in 1991, the first inter-governmental organization that Taipei has joined since 1971. Based on an analysis of elite interviews, primary and secondary data, the paper traces the under-explored diplomatic history. It argues that changes in Taiwan’s domestic and external environments as well as during the diplomatic process have accounted for Taipei’s admission, instead of the China factor alone. The four positive effects of accession on Taiwan’s international space are explored, as are the implications of the study for Taiwan’s continuous survival as a contested state. By undertaking a nuanced analysis of an important yet under-studied milestone in the contested state’s struggle to mitigate international isolation, the article sheds light on the study of Taiwan’s external ties amid the sovereignty dispute between Taipei and Beijing.

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Accepted/In Press date: 28 August 2015
Published date: March 2016
Keywords: asia-pacific economic cooperation, contested state, Taiwan and china sovereignty dispute, convergence of interests
Organisations: Politics & International Relations


Local EPrints ID: 381497
ISSN: 0009-4439
PURE UUID: c16b34db-bcef-4c75-bd3a-b78bdd522fbb

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Date deposited: 19 Oct 2015 12:38
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 20:27

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