Political effects of cross-Strait economic cooperation

TANG Yonghong1

(1.School of Economics, Taiwan Research Institute of Xiamen University)

【Abstract】Cross-Strait economic cooperation and integration contributes to forming a close economic community, consolidating and deepening the economic basis for peaceful development of cross-Strait relationship, and advancing cross-Strait peaceful reunification. Nevertheless, the cooperation does not make adequate preparation for the cross-Strait peaceful reunification. To make full use of the political effects needs some subjective and objective conditions such as cross-Strait common political will and actions, which are needed to construct national identity on the basis of common interests. Polls show that the cross-Strait economic cooperation in recent years does have some positive effects on opposing the “independence of Taiwan.” But the cooperation has only been carried out for such a short time, the effects of which on peaceful reunification is hard to confirm or deny. Meanwhile, the effects are obviously restricted by political factors. To construct national identity is the key to cross-Strait peaceful reunification. Therefore, in order to improve the political effects of cross-Strait economic cooperation, it is necessary to hold right cooperation ideas, stick to specific guiding principles, and adopt appropriate implementation methods.

【Keywords】 cross-Strait economic cooperation; political effects;


【Funds】 Supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities Projects (2011221034), Funded Projects of the Key Research Base of Chinese Ministry of Education for Humanities and Social Sciences (13JJD810011) the Major Program of the National Social Sciences Foundation of China (13&ZD052)

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    [8] Polls data in this article based on one of author’s research projects of the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities: socio-political effects of the cross-Strait economic cooperation measures (2011221034), polls form October to December in 2012 by Taiwan Research Institute of Xiamen University.

    [9] In a broader sense, only 42.3% of the respondents recognizes that “both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one country,” 31.09% recognizes that “Taiwan and the mainland belong to one country, but the cognition of the country's name is different,” only 9.95% recognizes that “the mainland and Taiwan belong to ‘the Republic of China,’” the least of all, 1.24% recognizes that “the mainland and Taiwan all belong to the People’s Republic of China.”

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CN: 11-1728/C

Vol , No. 03, Pages 24-29

June 2014


Article Outline


  • 1 Political effects of cross-Strait economic cooperation: theoretical explanation
  • 2 The political effects of cross-Strait economic cooperation: examine current situation
  • 3 The pathway to improve political effects of the cross-Strait economic cooperation
  • References