How Effective is the BTUN-Diagram in the Evaluation of Territorial Unification Negotiations: The Case of China-Taiwan Territorial Unification

The Chinese Economy Journal (Taylor & Francis Group), 51(3): 227-240, 2018

Posted: 18 Feb 2018 Last revised: 14 Jun 2018

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Mario Arturo Ruiz Estrada

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

Ibrahim Ndoma

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

Donghyun Park

Asian Development Bank - Economic Research

Date Written: February 7, 2018

Abstract

This article evaluates the effectiveness of the Box Territorial Unification Negotiation Diagram (BTUN-Diagram) in the evaluation of any territorial unification negotiation between two or more territories anywhere and anytime. We used the BTUN-Diagram to evaluate the possible unification of China and Taiwan as it provides a much deeper analysis and interpretation of what unification of the two territories entail. The BTUN-Diagram extends the study of territorial unification beyond the common economic implication of unification as observed in many studies by widening the scope of the study through a multidisciplinary approach. Given the huge gaps that exist in the China-Taiwan unification drawn from our analysis, we observed more divergence than convergence given the huge cost likely to be borne by a unifying party. We suggest very serious and purposeful negotiations could bring about trade-offs that may institute an equilibrium point in the territorial unification negotiation.

Keywords: BTUN-Diagram, China, Taiwan, territorial unification

JEL Classification: Y20

Suggested Citation

Ruiz Estrada, Mario Arturo and Ndoma, Ibrahim and Park, Donghyun, How Effective is the BTUN-Diagram in the Evaluation of Territorial Unification Negotiations: The Case of China-Taiwan Territorial Unification (February 7, 2018). The Chinese Economy Journal (Taylor & Francis Group), 51(3): 227-240, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3120165

Mario Arturo Ruiz Estrada (Contact Author)

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

Kuala Lumpur, 50603
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Ibrahim Ndoma

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

University of Malaya
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
Malaysia

Donghyun Park

Asian Development Bank - Economic Research ( email )

6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550
Metro Manila
Philippines

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