Towards an EU-Taiwan Investment Agreement

Prospects and Pitfalls

  • Michael Reilly

Part of the The European Union in International Affairs book series (EUIA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Michael Reilly
    Pages 1-15
  3. Michael Reilly
    Pages 65-73
  4. Michael Reilly
    Pages 75-79
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 81-88

About this book


In late 2015, against a background of growing populist opposition to international trade agreements, the European Commission announced its willingness to negotiate a comprehensive bilateral investment agreement with Taiwan. While this should be relatively straightforward, this book warns that it is unlikely to be so. The major stumbling block is not Chinese opposition, as is so often assumed, or populist resistance but a lack of sufficient political will on both sides. This stems from a mutual lack of awareness which in turn is due to the relative stagnation of bilateral trade. A successful outcome would therefore act as a catalyst in developing relations further. The author examines the principal obstacles to reaching an agreement and the ways of overcoming them. The book should be of interest to policy makers, negotiators and advisors involved in the forthcoming negotiations but also to anyone with an interest in the EU’s relations with Taiwan. 


the EU and Taiwan EU-Taiwan trade EU-Taiwan investment agreement European Union politics EU in international affairs bilateral trade agreements EU international policy Taiwanese politics China and Taiwan's trade deals obstacles to investment agreement Bilateral Investment Agreement Taiwanese political economy political economy of the EU Taiwanese international relations Taiwanese trade policy EU trade policy

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Reilly
    • 1
  1. 1.Taiwan Studies ProgramUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUnited Kingdom

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