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Squeezed States: How diplomatic de/recognitions shape Taiwanese feelings and policy preferences towards China

Prof. Peter Hays Gries
University of Manchester

About the talk: Since Tsai Ying-wen’s election to the presidency in 2016, Beijing has been tightening the noose around Taiwan, limiting its ‘international space’ by forcing other countries to break diplomatic ties with it. What impact do these diplomatic de/recognitions have on Taiwanese feelings and policy preferences towards China? A pair of experiments seeks to find out. Particular attention is paid to moderators (e.g. partisanship) and mediators (e.g. intergroup emotions) of direct effects. For instance, are green (e.g. Democratic Progressive Party) partisans, more pro-independence, more likely to react with indignation to diplomatic derecognitions as an affront to Taiwanese sovereignty and subjectivity? Are blue (E.g. Kuomintang) partisans more likely to respond with resignation to derecognitions and eventual reunification with China? Policy implications for Cross-Strait relations are discussed.

About the speaker: Prof. Peter Gries joined the University of Manchester as Professor of Chinese Politics in August 2017. After a fall of fundraising and a £5M donation endowing a new Manchester China Institute, in December 2017 he became the Lee Kai Hung Chair and MCI Director. Prof. Gries is the author of The Politics of American Foreign Policy: How Ideology Divides Liberals and Conservatives over Foreign Affairs (Stanford, 2014) and China’s New Nationalism: Pride, Politics, and Diplomacy (California, 2005), and dozens of peer reviewed journal articles. He is also co-editor of State and Society in 21st Century China (Routledge, 2004) and Chinese Politics (Routledge, 2010). He studies the political psychology of international affairs, with a focus on China and the United States.


Time: 12:00-13:30, Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Venue: USC, 8/F, Tin Ka Ping Building, CUHK
Language: English

Lunch Fee: Free Admission, HK$40.00 for Lunch