Cross-Strait Relations, Integration, and the Case of Europe Modes of Economic Interdependence and the Prospects of Political Integration between Taiwan and the Chinese Mainland in Light of the European Experience

  • Stefan Fleischauer


The increase in economic exchange between Taiwan and the Chinese Mainland since the late 1980s has been the source of both positive expectations and anxiety. While most observers have agreed that the closer rapprochement between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, which had been established through the “Gu-Wang Talks” in 1992, was both desirable and unavoidable, the long-term consequences of ever-deepening economic interdependence have been largely unpredictable. In particular, it was often expected (and feared) that the deepening of economic ties would of necessity trigger a process of closer political integration. In this context, the experience of the European Union frequently served as an example of political integration driven by economic interests and expediencies.


European Integration Chinese Mainland Free Trade Area Economic Interdependence Political Integration 
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