Despite similar cultures and extensive economic ties, Taiwan and China have not achieved a stable political relationship, let alone progress toward the unification that both governments once claimed to seek. Author Syaru Shirley Lin explains this puzzle by examining the connection between Taiwan’s consolidating national identity and its oscillating economic policy toward China. She also shows how the growing backlash against globalization among the younger generations has obstructed deeper economic ties with China, which was evident in the 2014 Sunflower Student Movement. This poses challenges to Beijing’s management of cross-Strait relations under the Tsai Ing-wen presidency.
Room: SALT, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), SOAS University of London
9 May 2018, 3:00 - 4:30 PM