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Chinese Economic StatecraftCommercial Actors, Grand Strategy, and State Control$
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William J. Norris

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780801454493

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801454493.001.0001

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Interest Transformation Across the Taiwan Strait

Interest Transformation Across the Taiwan Strait

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(p.131) 7 Interest Transformation Across the Taiwan Strait
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Chinese Economic Statecraft
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William J. Norris

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801454493.003.0008

This chapter examines the mainland's use of interest transformation as a strategy to alter Taiwan's definition of its own interests. It considers how China executed its strategy of interest transformation by focusing on the spring 2005 visit of Lien Chan, chairman of the Kuomintang Party (KMT), to the mainland and the subsequent elimination of tariffs on Taiwanese fruit. It shows how mainland authorities worked together with Taiwan's opposition parties and began to target Taiwan's fruit exports for further expansion as part of China's shift to an economic statecraft strategy based on interest transformation. It argues that the mainland's trade concessions to the support base of Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian was part of a successful electoral effort to mitigate Taiwan's aspiration for independence.

Keywords:   interest transformation, Taiwan, China, Lien Chan, Kuomintang Party, tariff, fruit exports, economic statecraft, trade concessions, Chen Shui-bian

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