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One-globe approach to the Taiwan Strait conflict

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  • Tony, Fu-Lai
  • Sze-Man Kwan, Diana

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Conflicts among nation states have led to violence, bloodshed and war. Although the conflicts can be explained by national, racial and cultural reasons, we argue that conflicts arising from sovereignty and territorial disputes are socially constructed. People take whatever they have been taught or brought up as right. If people do not give in to something they have taken for granted, then conflicts arise. This paper explains conflicts among nations and suggests a solution from human agency theory. More specifically, it formulates a theory of one-globe reality from Weber–Thomas–Berger's social construction perspective to resolve the Taiwan Strait conflict. The theory calls for both mainland China and Taiwan to learn global oneness and unlearn narrowly scoped concepts of nationalism and patriotism to achieve peace in the region.

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  • Tony, Fu-Lai & Sze-Man Kwan, Diana, 2011. "One-globe approach to the Taiwan Strait conflict," International Journal of Development and Conflict, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, vol. 1(2), pages 165-180.
  • Handle: RePEc:gok:ijdcv1:v:1:y:2011:i:2:p:165-180
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