Globalisation and security in the Taiwan Straits


Only recently the Sino-Taiwanese issue has again been in the headlines of the international media. On Saturday, 3 August 2002, Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian insisted in a passionate speech that there is 'one country on each side' of the Taiwan Strait. He went even further by calling for new legislation that would allow a referendum to be held on changing the island's current international status, saying that this would be a 'basic human right'. Chen's remarks resulted in a furious response from the mainland. Although the conflict between Beijing and Taipei can be interpreted as a legacy of the Chinese Civil War, the tensions intensified during the 1990s. The following article suggests that the linkages and dynamics between the globalization process and international security are increasingly important for a better understanding of the development of relations at the international level in general and in the China-Taiwan conflict in particular.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Politics, History and International Relations
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Aston Centre for Europe
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Wunderlich, Jens-Uwe (2003) Globalisation and security in the Taiwan Straits. Global Change, Peace & Security, 15 (2). pp. 121-137. ISSN 1478-1158. Global Change, Peace & Security is available online at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sino-Taiwanese issue,Taiwan,Taiwan Strait,international status,Beijing,Taipei,Chinese Civil War,globalization,international security,China-Taiwan conflict
Publication ISSN: 1478-1166
Last Modified: 07 May 2024 07:07
Date Deposited: 18 May 2010 10:55
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Published Date: 2003-06
Authors: Wunderlich, Jens-Uwe (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1278-4773)



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