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Running Out of Time? The Evolution of Taiwan’s Relations in Africa


  • Timothy Steven Rich


  • Vasabjit Banerjee



This article highlights the precarious nature of Taiwan’s diplomatic relations in Africa. Whereas Cold War rationales initially benefitted Taiwan, economic interests now appear to incentivize African countries to establish relations with China. Through qualitative and quantitative data covering much of the post-World War II era, this analysis argues that economic factors have trumped political ration-ales for Taiwanese–African relations. In addition, this article prob-lematizes both conceptions of diplomatic recognition and Taiwan’s enduring relations with Africa.

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  • Timothy Steven Rich & Vasabjit Banerjee, 2015. "Running Out of Time? The Evolution of Taiwan’s Relations in Africa," Journal of Current Chinese Affairs - China aktuell, Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, vol. 44(1), pages 141-161.
  • Handle: RePEc:gig:chaktu:v:44:y:2015:i:1:p:141-161

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    1. Joel Atkinson, 2018. "The real East Asian Aid model: Development assistance as an instrument of comprehensive security in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 36(3), pages 265-284, May.

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