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Taiwan's China Dilemma .. 《台灣的中國兩難》英文原版


China and Taiwan share one of the world's most complex international relationships. Although similar cultures and economic interests promoted an explosion of economic ties between them since the late 1980s, their economic integration has faced episodic public opposition and has failed to generate progress toward the unification that both governments once claimed to seek. In addition, Taiwan's recent Sunflower Movement succeeded in obstructing deeper economic ties with China. 

Taiwan's China Dilemma explains the divergence between economic and political relations across the Taiwan Strait and the oscillation in Taiwan's economic policy through the interplay of national identity and economic interests. Using primary sources, opinion surveys, and interviews with Taiwanese opinion leaders, the book offers a vivid picture of one of the most unsettled and dangerous relationships in the contemporary world, and illustrates the growing backlash against economic liberalization and regional economic integration around the world.






This important book offers an interesting new perspective on the politics of Taiwan’s evolving economic policy toward mainland China. The combination of a fresh theoretical approach—focusing on the role of national identity—and strong empirical analysis make Taiwan’s China Dilemma a must-read for anyone interested in the dynamic cross-Strait relationship.
— Scott L. Kastner, University of Maryland, College Park
On first glance, Taiwan’s economic policies toward China look very confusing. An economic logic alone does not explain the range of policy choices. But once one looks through the lens of Taiwan’s political identity, as Shirley Lin does in her Taiwan’s China Dilemma, all becomes clear. This is an important book.
— Richard Bush, Brookings Institution
Lin uses innovative theoretical constructs to show how national identity—defined as a dynamic, multidimensional social construct—shapes Taiwan’s evolving economic policy toward mainland China. Borrowing from an eclectic range of approaches, Lin sidesteps static binaries and moves the study of cross-Strait economic relations onto new, more fruitful ground.
— Shelley Rigger, Davidson College