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Cross-Strait Relations in an Era of Technological Change: Security, Economic and Cultural Dimensions

Speaker/Convenor: St Antony's College; Asian Studies Centre; China Centre; Taiwan Studies Programme

Date: 5 Mar 2013 09:30

Location: Dahrendorf Room, St Antony's College

Series: Conferences & Workshops - External

The workshop will examine how the acceleration of technology-led upgrading shapes three key dimensions of the cross-Strait relationship: the overarching security context; the economic context; and the cultural context.





Opening remarks

Dr Faisal Devji

Director, Asian Studies Centre, St Antony’s College

Chair’s welcome and introduction

Dr Paul Irwin Crookes

University of Oxford


PANEL 1: Cross-strait Security in an Era of Technologically-induced Change

Chair: Rosemary Foot (University of Oxford)

Steven M. Goldstein (Smith College)
Challenges to the status quo in the Taiwan Strait

Elizabeth Freund Larus (University of Mary Washington)
Technological change and China’s naval modernization: Security implications for Taiwan

Ming-chin Monique Chu (SOAS, University of London)
Chinese military modernization and cross-Strait relations: A case study of the defense microelectronics sector

André Beckershoff (University of Tübingen)
Hegemony, symbolic Power, and governmentality – Critical approaches to the study of cross-Strait integration


Coffee break


PANEL 2: The Economics of Integration in an era of Innovation-led Change

Chair: Jan Knoerich (University of Oxford)

Shelley Rigger (Davidson College)
Taiwanese business in mainland China: From domination to marginalization?

Ching-Jung Tsai (National Chengchi University)
Do Chinese firms transform towards ‘indigenous innovation’? The paradox of increasing economic integration across the Taiwan Straits

Chieh Huang (University of Nottingham)
The ECFA investment protection agreement: Bridging legal and cultural incompatibilities

Charles Chen (SOAS, University of London)
Escaping from the China swirl? The prospects of cross-Strait relations under increasing economic interdependence


Lunch break


PANEL 3: Cross-Strait Culture and Identity in the Internet era

Chair: Hongping Annie Nie (University of Oxford)

Jens Damm (Chang Jung Christian University)
Cross-Strait Cyberspace: The Perception of the Taiwanese 

Fang-Long Shih (London School of Economics)
Taiwanization and voluntary re-unification: From a cultural perspective in the digital era

Kelvin Cheung (Hong Kong Institute of Education)
Bridging the cultural gap across the Taiwan Strait – Lung Ying-tai and the case of Freezing Point

Joe Thomas Karackattu (Institute of Chinese Studies)
Taishang as key non-state actors: Attenuating vulnerability through local economic development in mainland China


Coffee break


Final roundtable

Chair: Paul Irwin Crookes (University of Oxford)

Discussion among all participants


Closing remarks


Keynote Speech [TBC]


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