The Struggle for Recognition: Diplomatic Competition Between China and Taiwan in Oceania

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Title The Struggle for Recognition: Diplomatic Competition Between China and Taiwan in Oceania
Author Van Fossen, Anthony Belgrano
Journal Name Journal of Chinese Political Science
Year Published 2007
Place of publication San Francisco, California, USA
Publisher Springer
Abstract The PRC and Taiwan are competing to gain diplomatic recognition from Pacific Islands states, a number of which recognise Taiwan and serve as a barrier to its international isolation. Since much of Oceania is in Australia's sphere of influence, this struggle has often involved Canberra. This paper focuses on the intensifying conflict–with conclusions about the local political economic situations of the countries in Oceania that are most likely to switch recognition, the dilemmas that the issue poses for Australia and its alliance with the US, and the game theory of these auctions of diplomatic recognition. The rental of recognition is analysed as a “sovereignty business” in which some Pacific Islands states engage—similar to the offshore financial centres which are prevalent in the region.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2007 Springer-Verlag. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The original publication is available at
Volume 12
Issue Number 2
Page from 125
Page to 146
ISSN 1080-6954
Date Accessioned 2008-02-29
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Other Policy and Political Science
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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