Beyond Diplomacy: The Political Economy of Taiwan’s Relations with Southeast Asia

  • Samuel C. Y. Ku
Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)


The Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan lost its final diplomatic partner in Southeast Asia in 1975, but the island’s economic relations with major countries in the region kept on growing, particularly since the late 1980s. This does not mean that diplomacy is not important for Taiwan, however. The island continues to face the challenges of political isolation and economic marginalization in the twenty-first century. This study shows that Taiwan’s thriving political economy with Southeast Asia will continue, even though China has asserted increasing political and economic influence in the area.


Taiwan Southeast Asia China Diplomacy Political economy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel C. Y. Ku
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  1. 1.Department of International AffairsWenzao Ursuline University of LanguagesKaohsiungTaiwan

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