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Title: ROC and ROK between Domestic Politics and External Relations:Crossing the Divide in Two North-East Asian ‘Shakers’
Authors: Tiberio, Alessandro
Contributors: 亞太研究英語博士學位學程
Keywords: Taiwan;Greater China;South Korea;Greater Korea;Northeast Asia;Domestic Politics;External Relations;State Actor;identity;re-unification
Date: 2010-06-01
Issue Date: 2015-12-24 17:50:03 (UTC+8)
Abstract: In the attempt to understand the causal linkages between the domestic and international dimensions of any actor involved in the political game, it must be acknowledged that their appear to be fictitious spheres of action divided by a conventional boundary, traditionally set at the level of the State. On the other hand, as relevant actors exist at a number of distinct levels ‘below’ and ‘above’ the State, and domestic and international are just two categories lumping together these levels into two wide groups, whereas in the absence of such a similar conventional system these levels would be spread in a continuum stretching from the ‘individual’ to the ‘global’. It should be noted how in the context of North-East Asia actors like the ROC and the ROK represent divided entities, involved in struggles for independence/recognition or debates over ethnic identity and re-unification. Is in these ‘shaker’ States that the analysis of the domestic/external boundary becomes particularly interesting, seen its inherently ambiguous nature especially in the case of the ROC. For some, Taiwan really is an internal matter that needs to be ‘solved’ by the PRC, yet even though it is involved in issues relating to ‘China’ as a whole, it can be considered that Taiwan as a State is behaving as an autonomous actor in the international arena. As a matter of fact, the domestic and external dimensions appear to be inextricably intertwined, and the porous boundary between the two is continuously called into question. Therefore, even when considering independent States recognized as such by the international community, such as North and South Korea, issues of re-unification and ethnic identity are nothing but domestic. In these cases we are allowed to cross the divide between these States, to the extent that the wider picture of ‘Greater China’ or ‘Greater Korea’ is taken into account, although bearing in mind the autonomous power of each actor involved. This remarkable method as implicitly employed in many contemporary studies can offer a comprehensive view of these controversial issues, by clearly encompassing the internal and the external dimensions while never shifting the attention from the pivotal actor represented by the State.
Relation: 2012 IDAS國際學術研討會 : 亞太區域整合的新展望論文集
Data Type: conference
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