Qin Tang

Qin Tang

Short Bio

Qin received her Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Southwest Jiaotong University (PRC) and a LLM in European and Comparative Law from the University of Limerick (Ireland). Her main research interests include legal reform in China and in European countries, and the recent political and economic integration process in East Asia. She started her doctoral research in University College Cork and currently pursues her studies in the Faculty of East Asian Studies in Ruhr Universität Bochum.

Title of research

Her current research entitled ‘The Changing Cross-Strait Relations: An Institutionalist View’ is co-supervised by Prof.Dr.Jörn-Carsten Gottwald from the Department of East Asian Politics of Ruhr Universität Bochum and Prof. Bernadette Andreosso-O’Callaghan from the Euro-Asian Centre of the University of Limerick.

Short abstract of project

The mainland China – Taiwan relationship has never been without difficulty, especially in the political realm. The political conflict between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait has been in existence for decades and the problems between them remain unsolved. However from the late 1980s when Taiwan and mainland China established close economic relations, this bond has been continually strengthened. Although some political turbulence survives, significant improvements in trade across the Strait have been observed following mainland China’s and Taiwan’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001 and in 2002 respectively, and the further regional economic integration attempts. The question of whether this cross-strait relationship can benefit from the WTO bilateral agreement, or from any proposed peaceful framework agreement (e.g. the assigned ECFA in 2010 or any other future scheme), and the question of to what extent such benefit can be stretched, are expected to be investigated. This study will attempt to answer such questions by analysing the current institutional situation of the relationship across the Taiwan Strait. In doing so it will look into the variables that are crucial and important deteminants for healthy cross-Strait interrelations through a comparative analysis based on the EU integration experiences and the theory of institutionalism related to contingencies, to assess the possibility of creating a united economic community centred around mainland China.


Zhong-fei Zhou and Qin Tang, ‘The cross-Strait featured ECFA and Coordination in Policies’ (In Chinese, “ECFA 的两岸特色与两岸的政策协调”) (2010) Vol 45 Hong Kong Economics Weekly 36