China's Rise as an Economic Power and the Future Direction of the Cross-Strait Relationship (Japanese)
China's rise as an economic power has enriched its source of influence to be mobilized in realizing its policies toward Taiwan. There is no doubt that China's high economic growth has boosted the economic resources that Beijing can use in increasing its military power with an eye on Taiwan, establishing diplomatic ties with those countries that recognize the Republic of China (Taiwan) as a sovereign nation, and seeking to exclude Taiwan from various international organizations. Moreover, China's high growth has also served as a source of power to force Taiwan to increase its economic dependence on China. The Taiwanese authorities, for their part, have been vigilant against the possibility that Beijing may intensify its drive toward unification with Taiwan by taking advantage of Taiwan's increasing economic dependence on China. In reality, however, the Taiwanese authorities have had no other choice but to intermittently ease restrictions on economic exchanges with China, endorsing the practices of the Taiwanese business community. Indeed, Taiwan is more dependent on China than China is on Taiwan, creating a notable "asymmetric economic interdependence" across the Strait. In recent years, Beijing's policy toward Taiwan appears to be focused on preventing Taiwan's independence, rather than aggressively promoting Taiwan's unification with China, at least for the foreseeable future. It is inferred that the formation of this asymmetric economic interdependence structure between mainland China and Taiwan has played a role in raising the cost of Taiwanese independence. However, judging from the experiences of other countries, it would be no easy task to achieve unification with Taiwan by means of economic sanctions. Will Beijing be able to achieve democracy and social stabilization along with economic development? And will it be able to present a viable unification and integration model that can ensure the self-determination and dignity of Taiwanese citizens? These two questions hold key to the success or failure of China's peaceful unification/integration with Taiwan.
|Date of creation:||Jan 2011|
|Contact details of provider:|| Postal: 11th floor, Annex, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) 1-3-1, Kasumigaseki Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8901|
Web page: http://www.rieti.go.jp/
More information through EDIRC
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:eti:rdpsjp:11003. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (NUKATANI Sorahiko)
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.