Regional architects: defining Taiwan out?

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The contest between the U.S. and China for who gets to define the region has been developing since the early 1990s. During this time, various competing images of who comprises the region have been seen from the narrow and geographical conception including just the ASEAN states, to wider China-preferred images based on the ASEAN plus three grouping, towards broader perspective favoured by Japan including Australia and New Zealand reflected in proposals such as the Comprehensive East Asian Economic Partnership Agreement. How do these regional competitions affect the status of Taiwan? This paper makes the argument that the move towards more state-based regional entities and patterns of engagement (regionalisation), which so far have not (yet) adversely affected Taiwan economically, it has produced significant political challenges for Taiwan’s ability to continue to be autonomous from the mainland.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberCCPO 1627845
Pages (from-to)60-83
JournalContemporary Politics
Issue number1
Early online date24 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Regionalism
  • Regionalisation
  • Taiwan
  • China


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