SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Taiwan’s Expansion of International Space: Opportunities and Challenges

Weichin Lee
Professor Lee Wei-chin (Wake Forest University)

Date: 26 February 2014Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 26 February 2014Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 116

Type of Event: Special Lecture

Speaker's Bio:

Professor Wei-chin Lee has published several books, including the edited volume Taiwan’s Politics in the 21st Century (2010). His articles have appeared in various scholarly journals, such as Asian Affairs, Asian Security, Asian Survey, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Chinese Political Science, Journal of Contemporary China, Journal of Comparative Communism, Journal of Economics and International Relations, Journal of Northeast Asian Studies, Nonproliferation Review, Pacific Focus,  and World Affairs.  His teaching and research interests are foreign policy and domestic politics of China and Taiwan, US policy toward East Asia, international security, and international institutions.

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Taiwan's Expansion of International Space: Opportunities and Challenges

Abstract of Taiwan’s Expansion of International Space: Opportunities and Challenges:

While much is to be celebrated since Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou's inauguration in 2008, cross-Strait relations are not without challenges. One such crucial test is Ma's call for Chinese leaders to stop isolating Taipei in the world community and give Taiwan adequate 'international space'. Because the issue strikes at the heart of the fundamental differences between Taipei's and Beijing's positions regarding the island's sovereignty, it needs to be handled carefully by both governments for better cross-Strait relations. This study analyzes the approaches adopted by both Beijing and Taipei regarding Taiwan's status in the international community. Utilizing discussion with Chinese scholars and government officials and the analysis of several waves of survey data conducted in Taiwan, it argues that Beijing's flexibility in its application of the 'one China' principle and the Ma administration's practicality in making its requests are critical to the realization of Taipei's demand for international space and hence cross-Strait stability

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