Abstract

Abstract:

This article analyzes the development of Taiwan’s foreign policy since 1979 from a political economy perspective. Under the general circumstances of international diplomatic isolation, Taipei’s foreign policy experienced several stages of change: from an uncompromising adherence to the one-China policy, to a flexible “practical diplomacy” of enhanced participation in nongovernmental organizations, then to a “pragmatic diplomacy” of accepting dual diplomatic recognition of two Chinas, and finally to the “pragmatic diplomacy” of actively pursuing sovereign status under the principle of “divided nation.” In the process, the congruence of three structural factors—the emergence of a Taiwanese libertarian-civic state, Taiwan’s fast growing economic strength, and the disintegration of the cold-war setup—constituted a comprehensive framework for Taipei to direct the development of its relations with the mainland and its foreign relations in a dialectical way that maximized its political autonomy.

pdf

Additional Information

ISSN
2288-2871
Print ISSN
0258-9184
Pages
pp. 5-46
Launched on MUSE
2021-03-23
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.