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

No need to beg China? Taiwan’s membership of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation as a contested state
No need to beg China? Taiwan’s membership of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation as a contested state
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 intergovernmental 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 of the accession. It argues that changes in Taiwan's domestic and external environments, as well as changes in the diplomatic process, account for Taipei's admission, rather than the China factor alone. The paper examines four positive effects of accession on Taiwan's international space and the implications for Taiwan's continuous survival as a contested state. By undertaking a nuanced analysis of an important yet little explored milestone in the contested state's struggle to mitigate its international isolation, the article sheds light on Taiwan's external ties against the backdrop of the sovereignty dispute between Taipei and Beijing.
asia-pacific economic cooperation, contested state, Taiwan and china sovereignty dispute, convergence of interests
0009-4439
169-189
Chu, Ming-Chin Monique
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Chu, Ming-Chin Monique
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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, 169-189. (doi:10.1017/S030574101500171X).

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Abstract

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 intergovernmental 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 of the accession. It argues that changes in Taiwan's domestic and external environments, as well as changes in the diplomatic process, account for Taipei's admission, rather than the China factor alone. The paper examines four positive effects of accession on Taiwan's international space and the implications for Taiwan's continuous survival as a contested state. By undertaking a nuanced analysis of an important yet little explored milestone in the contested state's struggle to mitigate its international isolation, the article sheds light on Taiwan's external ties against the backdrop of the sovereignty dispute between Taipei and Beijing.

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Accepted/In Press date: 28 August 2015
e-pub ahead of print date: 29 January 2016
Published date: March 2016
Keywords: asia-pacific economic cooperation, contested state, Taiwan and china sovereignty dispute, convergence of interests
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 381497
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/381497
ISSN: 0009-4439
PURE UUID: c16b34db-bcef-4c75-bd3a-b78bdd522fbb
ORCID for Ming-Chin Monique Chu: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6646-2310

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Date deposited: 19 Oct 2015 12:38
Last modified: 09 Jan 2022 03:48

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