As the first English-language book on Taiwan’s relations with Latin America, this book examines the major issues and theoretical debates on Taiwan’s activities in Latin America, and its relations with the US and China. Latin America has become a crucial frontline for Taiwan. Today, more than at any time since the end of WWII, Taiwan’s future as an independent state hinges on the balance of power between the United States and China. This book provides the most detailed and sophisticated analysis of contemporary Taiwan’s relations with Latin America and offers insight into the US-China rivalry in the “backyard” of the United States. By bringing together a group of scholars from Taiwan, US, and Latin America, this book examines Taiwan-Latin America relations on various issues amid the intensifying the US-China strategic competition, such as public diplomacy, trade, investment, energy, and cultural exchanges. More than ever before, an understanding of Taiwan’s relations with Latin America and the great power rivalry in the Western Hemisphere is essential for students and policy makers alike. The book will be of great interest to university students at all levels, as well as specialists on international relations, foreign policy, as well as Asian and Latin American studies.
Antonio C. Hsiang is professor at Chihlee University of Technology.
He Li is professor of political science at Merrimack College.
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PART I: THE CONTEXT
1.US-China-Taiwan Rivalry in Latin America
2.Theorizing Taiwan’s Relations with Latin America
Antonio C. Hsiang
3.Dance with the Dragon: Through the Eyes of Taiwan’s Three Ambassadors in Latin America
4.Republic of China on Taiwan’s Relations with Latin America (1990–2020): The Role of Development Assistance
PART II: CRITICAL ISSUES
5.Energy Policies and Politics Compared: Taiwan and Latin America
6.Public Diplomacy at Work: Economic and Cultural Ties between Mexico and Taiwan
Fabricio A. Fonseca
PART III: CASE STUDIES
7.Taiwan’s Relations with the Northern Triangle
8.Taiwan & Nicaragua’s Suitable Alliance
Valeria Holguin Arcia
9.Economic Statecraft: Taiwan and Colombia
10.Taiwanese-Argentine Cooperation in Clean Energy: Exploring Opportunity Amid the US-China Rivalry
11.The PRC Advance in Central America in the Context of Covid-19
R. Evan Ellis
About the Contributors
A fine collection of chapters by a team of solid scholars about Taiwan’s long-standing relationship with countries in Latin America, this book fills a big gap in international relations literature on the topic. Latin America and the Caribbean is a crucial region for Taiwan since over half of Taiwan’s current diplomatic allies are located there. Taiwan’s international space has been a contentious issue between the United States and China, especially as rivalry between the two powers intensifies. This is a must-read for people who wish to learn more about the history and complexity of Taiwan-Latin America relations.
Given the long distance between Taiwan and Latin America, their relationship has seldom been a focus of academic books. Edited by two established scholars in the field, this well-organized and well-presented book fills the gaps. It draws on the expertise of scholars from Taiwan, Latin America, and the US, approaches the subject from theoretical, historical, and comparative perspectives, and explores a variety of issues and countries. Aside from its timely contribution to area studies, this unique book should be given credit for throwing light on two major international developments—economic globalization and US-China rivalry.