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Clientelism, market mechanism, and economic statecraft: Political economy of China-Taiwan relations (2020_2_40_006)


Since the early 1990s, China has strategically capitalized on its economic power so as to leverage its political influences on Taiwan. The rapid expansion of Taiwanese investment in China, preferential treatment of agricultural imports from Taiwan, and the dispatching of Chinese tourists to the island have all become policy tools for China to exert its influence on Taiwan. Some of these policies proved successful, while others failed. This study probes the evolution of China’s economic statecraft toward Taiwan and investigates its micro-foundations and economic and political outcomes. In so doing, the study will focus on (1) the functions of patron-client networks that emerged across the Taiwan Strait over the last few decades, and (2) the reactions of Taiwanese economic actors to China’s policies.


April 2020 - March 2022

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] Kawakami Momoko
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