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 to exert political influence on Taiwan. The rapid expansion of Taiwanese investment in mainland China, preferential treatment of agricultural imports from Taiwan, and promoting tourism from mainland China to Taiwan have all become policy tools for China to influences Taiwan. Some of these policies have succeeded, while others have failed. This study probes the evolution of China’s economic statecraft toward Taiwan and investigates its micro-foundations as well as the economic and political outcomes. In so doing, I will focus on (1) the functions of patron?client networks that have 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 2023
Leader of the Research Project
Published by External Publisher (Japanese)