Cross-Strait Relations and International Organizations

Taiwan’s Participation in IGOs in the Context of Its Relationship with China

  • Björn Alexander Lindemann

Part of the Ostasien im 21. Jahrhundert book series (OSTAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-16
  2. Björn Alexander Lindemann
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  3. Björn Alexander Lindemann
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    Pages 69-93
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 307-365

About this book


Taiwan has been excluded from the United Nations and other organizations for which statehood is required and its presence in IGOs is mainly limited to functional and regional organizations that allow flexible models of participation, having a specific name, status and activity space in each organization. Taiwan’s exclusion from major IGOs derives from its unique international status as well as the political controversy over the representation of China in the international arena. Björn Alexander Lindemann provides a substantial analysis of the relationship between Taiwan and China in and with regard to IGOs in the time period between 2002 and 2011. Based on a neoclassical realist approach, he takes a look at the case studies of the WTO, APEC, WHO and UN, and explains Taiwan’s new IGO strategy under President Ma Ying-jeou after 2008 and its impact on Taiwan’s international space.


  • Cross-Strait Relations in International Organizations
  • Historical Overview and Case Studies
  • Taiwan’s Foreign Policy and Diplomatic Relations
  • Taiwan’s International Participation and International Space

Target Groups

  • Researchers and students in the fields of Political Science and Chinese Studies
  • Scientists and experts in the fields of China, Taiwan and East Asian Affairs

The Author

Björn Alexander Lindemann was Permanent Research Fellow at the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT) in Tübingen and Visiting Scholar at National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei.


China Cross-Strait Relations International Organizations Neoclassical Realism Taiwan

Authors and affiliations

  • Björn Alexander Lindemann
    • 1
  1. 1.Universität TübingenTübingenGermany

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