Fragments of an Unfinished War: Taiwanese Entrepreneurs and the Partition of China

Hardcover | September 15, 2015

byFrancoise Mengin

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The Republic of China that retreated to Taiwan in 1949 maintains its de facto, if not de jure, in- dependence yet Beijing has consistently refused formally to abandon the idea of reunifying Taiwan with China. As well as growing military pressure, the PRC's irredentist policy is premised onencouraging cross-Straits economic integration. Responding to preferential measures, Taiwanese industrialists have invested massively in the PRC, often relocating their businesses there. Fragments of a nation torn apart by contradictory claims, these entrepreneurs are vectors of a new form ofunification imposed by the main- land, promoted but postponed on the island by the Nationalist Party, and rejected by Taiwanese pro-independence parties.Within what can be described as an unfinished civil war, socio-economic dynamics remain embedded in conflicts over sovereignty. Trans- national actors have freed themselves from security constraints, thereby benefiting economically from a reformist China, and ultimately restructuring politics inTaiwan itself, and, in so doing, relations between Beijing and Taipei. A fictitious depoliticization has governed the opening of the Sino-Taiwanese border in order to postpone any resolution of the sovereignty issue. Mengin's startlingly original book highlights the competing, and fragmented,elements within one of the world's most intractable territorial disputes.

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The Republic of China that retreated to Taiwan in 1949 maintains its de facto, if not de jure, in- dependence yet Beijing has consistently refused formally to abandon the idea of reunifying Taiwan with China. As well as growing military pressure, the PRC's irredentist policy is premised onencouraging cross-Straits economic integration....

Francoise Mengin, Senior Research Fellow at CERI/ Sciences Po, Paris, has spent most of her research career examining the relationship of Taiwan within 'Greater China', especially from the perspective of state formation. Her publications include Trajectoires chi- noises: Taiwan, Hong Kong et Pekin, Cyber-China and Politics in China: Mo...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.58 × 5.91 × 1.3 inPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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