Is Cross-Strait Unification Possible?

International Journal of China Studies (IJCS), Vol. 1, No. 1, January 2010

Posted: 24 Feb 2011 Last revised: 2 Mar 2015

See all articles by Mario Arturo Ruiz Estrada

Mario Arturo Ruiz Estrada

University of Malaya (UM) - Faculty of Economics & Administration (FEA)

Donghyun Park

Nanyang Technological University (NTU); Asian Development Bank

Date Written: February 22, 2011

Abstract

Mainland China and Taiwan share a common people, history and culture, despite the political division which represents an artificial relic of the Cold War. The different political models followed by the two sides have made the possible integration between them difficult, though many parallels with the German reunification have pointed to the possible reunification of main China and Taiwan. While the existing literature on the prospects for the reunification of mainland China and Taiwan focuses primarily on the economic consequences of such unification, this paper examines the possibility of such reunification from a more global perspective that encompasses not only the economic dimension but other relevant dimensions as well, with the use of the GDRI-Model which looks at regional integration simultaneously from political, social, economic and technological perspective.

Keywords: Mainland China, Taiwan, Unification, GDRI-Model, Global Development Indeces

JEL Classification: F15

Suggested Citation

Ruiz Estrada, Mario Arturo and Park, Donghyun, Is Cross-Strait Unification Possible? (February 22, 2011). International Journal of China Studies (IJCS), Vol. 1, No. 1, January 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1767616

Mario Arturo Ruiz Estrada (Contact Author)

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Donghyun Park

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) ( email )

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Singapore

Asian Development Bank

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Metro Manila
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