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 (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 already-built institutional settings of cross-strait nature. In doing so it will look into the variables that are crucial and important determinants for healthy cross-Strait interrelations through a widely accepted theoretical approach in institutional theory related to contingencies, to assess the possibility of peaceful cross-strait interactions through the mutual socio-economic needs.


Jul 2018
Presenting at the Young Scholars Workshop 2018, European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan, University of Tübingen (Jul2- Jul 8)

Jun 2016
Research at the University of Tübingen, funded by Library Research Grant of the European Association of Taiwan Studies

Jun 2015
Presenting at 2015 East Asian Slam, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany
“Changing Cross-Strait (China-Taiwan) Relations under Globalization: What does theory tell us?”

May 2015
Presenting in the 20th Euro-Asian International Research Seminar, Ruhr Unversität Bochum, Germany
“Understanding the Evolving Cross-Strait Integration: An Analysis based on Integration Theory”

May 2013
Presenting in the 10th European Congress of Taiwan Studies in Lyon, France
“Convergence through Regulations? Normalizing the Cross-Strait Economic Relationship in the Post-WTO Era”

Jan 2013
Presenting in the 18th Euro-Asian Conference in Venice, Italy
“Normalization of the Interdependent Cross-Strait Economic Relationship under the WTO Era”