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How China's Taiwan Strategy Is Backfiring

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How China's Taiwan Strategy Is Backfiring

Syaru Shirley

In the new book Taiwan’s China Dilemma, Chinese University of Hong Kong Professor Syaru Shirley Lin describes how Taiwan is in a tough position: If it restricts trade with mainland China, it cuts off a major export market, a source of investment, and a driver of economic growth. But if it increases economic reliance on China, it gives more leverage to a government bent on reunification and leaves the island vulnerable. Taiwan’s evolution in dealing with this dilemma has been shaped by a rapid shift in Taiwanese identity and how its people see themselves. In an interview with Asia Blog, Lin describes how this shift unfolded and how Beijing’s reunification strategy appears to be backfiring.

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