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Foreign Policy of the New Taiwan

Pragmatic Diplomacy in Southeast Asia Chen Jie, Political Science and International Relations, The University of Western Australia, Australia
Taiwan has become a significant player on the world stage in many areas and has developed a distinct international profile and influence. Its pro-active foreign policy firmly reminds the world of a new political entity’s achievement, aspirations and unfulfilled ambitions. This pioneering book discusses Taiwan’s pragmatic diplomacy as a way of seeking legitimacy, survival and development for a burgeoning nation-state, against the dynamic changes in domestic and international scenes and tumultuous relations with China.
Extent: 328 pp
Hardback Price: $151.00 Web: $135.90
Publication Date: 2002
ISBN: 978 1 84064 635 1
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  • Asian Studies
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Taiwan has become a significant player on the world stage in many areas and has developed a distinct international profile and influence. Its pro-active foreign policy firmly reminds the world of a new political entity’s achievement, aspirations and unfulfilled ambitions. This pioneering book discusses Taiwan’s pragmatic diplomacy as a way of seeking legitimacy, survival and development for a burgeoning nation-state, against the dynamic changes in domestic and international scenes and tumultuous relations with China.

With special reference to Taiwan’s relations with Southeast Asia, a key region in Taiwan’s international linkages, the book investigates three major pillars sustaining Taipei’s unorthodox diplomacy. These three pillars are: Taiwan’s investment and trade prowess, and the global networks built by its business elite; its special relations with global ethnic Chinese communities; and transnational activism of Taiwan’s political, social and religious groups, in a so-called ‘total diplomacy’.

Political Scientists, students and international policy makers along with anyone interested in the changing role of China and Taiwan on the world stage will find this book lively and informative.
‘The title of this book does not do it justice, for the book ranges far beyond Taiwan’s diplomacy in Southeast Asia. The most authoritative book published to date on Taiwan’s foreign policy (1949 to 2000), it covers Taiwan’s foreign relations and diplomacy with Western developed states, the states of Africa and Latin America, Japan, the People’s Republic of China, and the countries of Southeast Asia. Based on Chinese and English sources as well as personal interviews and correspondence, Chen Jie presents a wide-ranging, comprehensive view of Taiwan’s efforts to gain greater international recognition. . . . Combining impressive scholarship with interesting analysis, Chen Jie presents new ways of understanding why Taiwan acts the way it does and sprinkles the explanations with wry humor. . . . All in all, a tour de force. Summing Up: Essential.’
– S. Ogden, Choice
Contents: Foreword by J. Bruce Jacobs Introduction 1. Foreign Policy of Taiwan Since Lee Teng-hui: Debut of a New Entity 2. Taiwan’s Relations with the ASEAN Countries: An Overview 3. Taipei’s Economic Diplomacy: A Demystifying Critique 4. Qiaowu: Kuomintang’s Historical Cross as New Taiwan’s Asset 5. ‘Total Diplomacy’: Parliamentarians, Parties, and NGOs References Index