Westphalia and the Taiwan conundrum : a case against the exclusionist construction of sovereignty and identity

Pan, Chengxin 2010, Westphalia and the Taiwan conundrum : a case against the exclusionist construction of sovereignty and identity, Journal of Chinese political science, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 371-389.

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Title Westphalia and the Taiwan conundrum : a case against the exclusionist construction of sovereignty and identity
Author(s) Pan, Chengxin
Journal name Journal of Chinese political science
Volume number 15
Issue number 4
Start page 371
End page 389
Total pages 19
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2010-12
ISSN 1080-6954
1874-6357
Keyword(s) Taiwan question
Westphalian sovereignty
cross-strait conflict
competency based training
Summary It is often argued that at the root of the Taiwan question are the myriad differences in politics, ideology, identity, and economy between mainland China and Taiwan. Any prospect for its peaceful resolution, it seems, hinges on bridging those differences through economic and/or political integration. Although the Taiwan conundrum has much to do with wide-ranging cross-strait divergence, this article argues that it cannot be disconnected from one important commonality between Beijing and Taipei, namely, a cross-strait normative convergence on the Westphalian notion of state sovereignty. Encompassing an exclusionary understanding of final authority, territory, and identity, Westphalian sovereignty provides both Beijing and Taipei with a common meaning that Taiwan is an issue of sovereignty, central to their respective national identity and political survival and hence not subject to compromise. As a consequence, it argues that this common meaning is paradoxically responsible for much of the mistrust, tension, and deadlock in cross-strait relations. In order to find a long-term solution to the Taiwan impasse, we need to pay attention to this particular normative convergence as well as to the many differences across the Taiwan Strait.
Language eng
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
Socio Economic Objective 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30031096

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Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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