Fragments of an Unfinished War: Taiwanese Entrepreneurs and the Partition of China (Hardback)
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Fragments of an Unfinished War: Taiwanese Entrepreneurs and the Partition of China (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 06/08/2015
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The Republic of China that retreated to Taiwan in 1949 maintains its de facto, if not de jure, in- dependence yet Beijing has consistently refused formally to abandon the idea of reunifying Taiwan with China. As well as growing military pressure, the PRC's irredentist policy is premised on encouraging cross-Straits economic integration. Responding to preferential measures, Taiwanese industrialists have invested massively in the PRC, often relocating their businesses there. Fragments of a nation torn apart by contradictory claims, these entrepreneurs are vectors of a new form of unification imposed by the main- land, promoted but postponed on the island by the Nationalist Party, and rejected by Taiwanese pro-independence parties. Within what can be described as an unfinished civil war, socio-economic dynamics remain embedded in conflicts over sovereignty. Trans- national actors have freed themselves from security constraints, thereby benefiting economically from a reformist China, and ultimately restructuring politics in Taiwan itself, and, in so doing, relations between Beijing and Taipei. A fictitious depolitisation has governed the opening of the Sino-Taiwanese border in order to postpone any resolution of the sovereignty issue. Mengin's startlingly original book highlights the competing, and fragmented, elements within one of the world's most intractable territorial disputes.

Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781849044707
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm


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'Francoise Mengin's book is an academic tour de force -- an ambitious exercise in political economy analysis,which seeks to examine the origins and evolution of the "China-Taiwan dispute". Mengin is a stellar figure who has spent many years thinking about and engaging with both China and Taiwan. This outstanding book has the authority and gravitas that one would expect from a scholar with her background and expertise.' -- Robert Ash, Professor of Economics with reference to China and Taiwan, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
A distinguished and impressively sourced work of scholarship that is without parallel in its exploration of Taiwanese politics and of cross-strait relations. Although the focus is on the Taiwanese businesspersons working in China, the book's scope is broader and provides at every point new insights into the history, politics, and sociology of modern Taiwan and of Beijing's Taiwan policies.' -- Andrew J. Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

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