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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Diplomatic Recognition of Taiwan, 1950–2016

In: International Journal of Taiwan Studies
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Timothy S. Rich Professor, Department of Political Science, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, USA, timothy.rich@wku.edu

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Andi Dahmer Independent Scholar, Bowling Green, KY, USA, andidahmer07@gmail.com

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Abstract

What explains why some countries recognise Taiwan despite attempts by the People’s Republic of China to pressure some to switch recognition? We argue for moving beyond ‘dollar diplomacy’ claims to unpack additional economic influences that might help explain why some states favour Taiwan. Using cross-national evidence from all countries (1950–2016), we find multiple economic factors influencing recognition and conclude that Taiwan’s comparative success in certain regions cannot be explained by broad structural factors.

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