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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 Relationship between Mainland China and Taiwan in Light of the World Trade Organization’ 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 China – Taiwan relationship has never been without difficulty, especially from the political realm. The political conflict between two territories that connect to 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 a close economic relationship, this bond has been continually strengthened. Although some political turbulence survives, significant improvements in trade across the Strait have been observed following China’s and Taiwan’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001 and in 2002 respectively. 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), 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 situation of the China - Taiwan relationship and by investigating the variants that are crucial and important determinants for a healthy cross-Strait relationship, by a comparative analysis based on the EU model, the possibility of the creation of 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