SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Competition and Innovation: How Taiwan and China Struggle to Seek Competitive Advantages within the Cross-Strait IT Industry Cooperation

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Speaker: Dr Lee Chun-Yi

Date: 15 March 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 15 March 2017Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 116

Type of Event: Seminar


The paper is written by Lee Chun-Yi Lee and Charlotte Martins

Cross-strait economic activities have been discussed in the long term. In the past, great amount of scholarly literature discussed about Taiwanese investment in China, not only because of the early starting time of Taiwanese investment in China (most of Taiwanese investment in China started in the early 1980s), but also because of the complexity of Taiwanese investment in China, the scholarly debates included Taiwanese businesses’ rapport with local Chinese government, Taiwanese businesses’ political identities in China, the hollowing-out effect of Taiwanese economy driven by Taiwanese businesses’ investment in China. Since 2009, Taiwanese government partially lifted the regulation of the Chinese investment in Taiwan, the discussion of cross-Strait economic activity is thus not just one dimension from Taiwan to China, but also from China to Taiwan.

In our paper, we discuss in such bilateral investment, the ways Taiwan and China seek competitive advantages within the cross-Strait IT industry cooperation. The first reason for which we focus on IT industries is that IT sectors are the most likely sector for the bilateral investment cross-Strait to invest on. Another reason is that the development of IT industry of a country is not a purely economic decision, it has more to do with political and security implications which perspectives are fundamental within cross-Strait dialogue. Thirdly, the significance of IT industry can be understood from an economic perspective. The electronic hardware industry is the world’s most important goods-producing sector. Not only does it employ more workers and generate greater revenue than any other manufacturing sector, but its products also facilitate productivity in other sectors and stimulate innovation across entire economies.

Conceptually, this paper introduces a conceptual framework examining how innovation and investment enhance or not the supply chain capacity and position of Taiwan and China within the cross-strait relationship.

Speaker's Bio

Dr Lee Chun-Yi is a lecturer at the school of Politics and International Relation (SPIR) at University of Nottingham. Her current research project is: 'Chinese Investment in Taiwan: Opportunities or Challenges to Taiwan's Industrial Development?' This project aims to investigate bilateral cross-Strait economic activities and also, its impact on both societies. It is a two and half year project, started in July 2014, aim to finish in December 2016. Chun-Yi's previous research project is ''national transformation and workers' rights: An analysis of Chinese labour within the global economy' with Prof. Andreas Bieler at SPIR. This project investigated the influence of different foreign investors on Chinese workers and labour rights. Using interviews, participant observation and cases studies, this project examined the emergence of civil society in this dynamic interaction among the state, foreign capital, and workers in China. This is a three-year project, it finished in September 2014.

Prior to join in SPIR, Chun-Yi was an Assistant Professor at school of Contemporary Chinese Studies (SCCS) at University of Nottingham from June 2013 to July 2016. Chun-yi was a ESRC research fellow from September 2011 to June 2013,post-doc researcher at Institute of East Asia Studies, University of Duisburg, Germany from 2010 September to 2011 October; a writing-up grant scholar at Modern East Asia Research Center (MEARC), Leiden University, the Netherlands from 2009 September to 2010 September. Her book, Taiwanese Businessmen or Chinese Security Asset was published by Routledge in 2011.

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