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.... Taiwan's China Dilemma .. 新書簡介 ....

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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.

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兩岸關係是目前全球最重要的國際關係之一,同源的文化與互補的產業經濟交織出緊密的經貿聯結,但這並沒有導致彼此穩定的政治互動,雙方對於要達成所謂的統一更是南轅北轍。台灣對大陸的經貿政策始終在開放與緊縮中游移,太陽花學運甚至於讓台灣暫時擱置了對大陸做更深入的經貿連結。台灣的兩岸經貿政策為何如此反覆和引發爭議? 

 

透過族群認同與經濟利益的交互影響,《台灣的中國困境與選擇》(暫譯)嘗試解析兩岸經濟發展與政治關係的分歧。台灣在民主化後的幾十年,也經歷過波濤洶湧的兩岸關係,台灣認同經由積極的論述後趨向和解。但社會大眾對大陸的經貿政策卻沒有類似的共識,這也導致了從最早的戒急用忍到最近的ECFA都爭論不休。本書廣羅第一手文獻,對於半導體、石化、電力與服務等產業這幾年登陸所引發的效應有深入的分析,更參考各種民意調查,以及訪談台灣各階層的意見領袖,以最生動的方式描繪出現今動盪的兩岸關係。

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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
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