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Carrots and More Carrots: Post ECFA Cross Straits Scenarios

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China and Taiwan have signed the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (“ECFA”) which lays the foundation for future Cross Strait negotiations. Since 2008, China and Taiwan have signed agreements for direct flights, direct telecommunications/post, and judicial assistance and cooperation.  ECFA represents a strong opportunity for Taiwan to continue its “twin engine” economic growth strategy, which relies on both the US and China for growth. For China, ECFA represents a “sea change” from the prior sixty years of official belligerence and hostility towards Taiwan. The world welcomes this enlightened development. Both sides of the Taiwan Straits share a common interest in finding a modus vivendi.  ECFA suggests possible future free trade agreements between Taiwan and China as well as Taiwan and regional neighbors.

Professor Wu thinks cross straits relations will continue to improve, since it is in Beijing's best interest to strengthen ties. He says: “Taiwan would want Beijing to use carrots and not sticks.  If the carrots are not bringing the desirable result, then, more carrots.”

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About Yu-Shan Wu

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Yu-Shan Wu joined the Institute of Political Sciences at Academia Sinica in 2002 as one of the founding members and the first director of the Institute. He holds a concurrent appointment as professor in political science at National Taiwan University. From 2000 on he also serves as convener of political science at National Science Council. His major interests are in comparative socialist transitions (both political and economic), democratic... [Full Bio]
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