Adrian Chiu is a PhD candidate at the Department of Politics and International Studies of School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. His research interest includes the contemporary developments on Hong Kong-Taiwan relations, political parties and international relations. His working title of the PhD project is “Party interactions between Hong Kong and Taiwan in post-handover years”.
Hong Kong-Taiwan interactions had not been a popular academic topic to study, despite both entities being contentious territories of the PRC. But that began to change in recent years thanks to the two large-scale social movements in the two societies sharing in their anti-Beijing sentiments. Nevertheless while comparative studies of the two movements became prevalent, the analysis of the interactions between the two remains under-theorized. This project attempts to contribute to this effort through studying the interactions between political parties of Hong Kong and Taiwan in a longer timeframe since 1997. The study of transnational relations since the 1970s represents a new area of study in non-state actors within the discipline of IR that has been dominated in theorizing interstate relations. However, the vague status of parties vis-à-vis the state in democracies made it a less common subject of transnational study compared to other non-state actors such as civil societies or multi-national corporations. The current literature of transnational party interactions has mainly focused on the multilateral party organizations in the European context, where the main purpose has been promoting democracy development from developed democracies towards less developed ones. However, less attention has been paid to the efforts of parties in non-democracies to go abroad interacting with other parties, especially in non-Western context. Based on a constructivist ontology of the state, this project aims to analyze party interactions between Hong Kong and Taiwan through the framework of transnational friendship. By analyzing media reports and interviewing party elites and activists from both sides of the relations, this project plans to explore how and why established political parties have engaged in bilateral interactions and what has changed since 1997. In particular, it also plans to explore how the different perception of China of various parties across the political spectrum has shaped their transnational interactions.
- North America Taiwan Studies Association annual conference
SOAS Taiwan Studies summer school
National Taiwan University