Identity in the Shadow of a Giant

How the Rise of China Is Changing Taiwan

This co-authored book examines the implications of the global ascent of China on cross-Strait relations and the identity of Taiwan as a democratic state, offering insights into policies for peaceful relations and prosperity across the Taiwan Strait.

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Co-authored by four high-profile International Relations scholars, this book investigates the implications of the global ascent of China on cross-Strait relations and the identity of Taiwan as a democratic state.

Examining an array of factors that affect identity formation, the authors consider the influence of the rapid military and economic rise of China on Taiwan’s identity. Their assessment offers valuable insights into which policies have the best chance of resulting in peaceful relations and prosperity across the Taiwan Strait and builds a new theory of identity at elite and mass levels. It also possesses implications for the United States-led world order and today’s most critical great power competition.

Scott Sigmund Gartner is Provost and Academic Dean of the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.

Chin-Hao Huang is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Head of Studies in Global Affairs at Yale-NUS College.

Yitan Li is Associate Professor, Chair of Political Science and Director of Asian Studies at Seattle University.

Patrick James is Dornsife Dean’s Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California.

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