ABSTRACT

There can be no doubt that China’s economic and political rise is having a stronger effect on Taiwan than on any other country, given the Chinese government’s claim to sovereignty over Taiwan, and Taiwan’s quest to maintain its democratic achievements and political identity as a sovereign state. Against this background, this volume deals with the ‘bigger picture’ of evolving relations across the Taiwan Strait, departing from the observation that China’s impact on Taiwan has become stronger over the last 20 years.

This book analyses the ‘China impact’ on Taiwan in terms of its social, political and security space from both an empirical and conceptual point of view. It is the first comprehensive account of China’s multifaceted impact on the politics and society of contemporary Taiwan, written by renowned scholars from Taiwan, Europe and the U.S. The book covers a wide range of topics including Taiwan’s party alignment, elections, generational politics, cross-strait political economy, immigration policy and security. The contributors, political scientists and sociologists, highlight both the dangers and the opportunities of the ‘China impact’ for Taiwan and draw a realistic picture of the island republic’s current situation and future options in the shadow of its giant neighbour.

Based on qualitative and quantitative data, this volume intends to fill a gap in the Taiwan studies field by studying the ‘China impact’ on Taiwan’s politics and society systematically and from a comparative perspective. By doing so, it will be of great interest to students and scholars of Taiwan studies, and East Asian politics and society more generally.

chapter 1|12 pages

Introduction

ByGUNTER SCHUBERT

part |2 pages

PART I The China impact on Taiwan’s domestic politics

chapter 5|21 pages

The China impact on Taiwan’s generational politics

BySHELLEY RIGGER

chapter 7|20 pages

Signaling peace: a theory of the ECFA and a peace dividend beyond the Taiwan Strait

ByHANS H . TUNG AND YUN - HAN CHU

part |2 pages

PART II The China impact on Taiwanese society

chapter 9|23 pages

The social basis of Taiwan’s cross- Strait policies, 2008–2014

ByCHIH - JOU JAY CHEN

chapter 10|22 pages

Cross- Strait trade and class cleavages in Taiwan

ByTHUNG - HONG LIN

chapter 11|19 pages

Escalator or merry- go-round? Taiwanese skilled migration to China

ByYEN - FEN TSENG

part |2 pages

PART III The China impact on Taiwan’s security

chapter 14|21 pages

The rise of China and its implications for US–Taiwan relations

ByCHENG - Y I LIN

chapter 15|19 pages

Cross- Strait integration and Taiwan’s new security challenges

ByJEAN - PIERRE CABESTAN

chapter 16|5 pages

Conclusions: assessing the China impact

ByGUNTER SCHUBERT