With the increase of cross-Strait economic activity, the interaction between Taiwanese business people and the Chinese government has gradually changed. As Taiwanese investment grew in volume, so did the number and frequency of contacts between the parties; a more institutionalised form regulating these contacts was established as a result. Nowadays Taiwanese businessmen have become an identifiable factor in Chinese governmental policy implementation; the process also has far-reaching implications. This paper argues that Taiwanese capital has become a Chinese governmental security asset and examines the importance of this factor when discussing conventional government/business interaction. This paper concludes that a superior national interest guides the warm welcome given by the Chinese government to Taiwanese businessmen.
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In this thesis, ‘China’ refers to the People’s Republic of China (PRC or ‘the Beijing government’). ‘Taiwan’ represents the Republic of China (ROC or ‘the Taipei government’). I will use the different terms alternatively.
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Lee, C. When Private Capital Becomes a Security Asset: Challenging Conventional Government/Business Interaction. East Asia 25, 145 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12140-008-9049-9
- Business/government relationship
- Cross-strait relationship
- Taiwanese businesses
- The Chinese government