In this paper, I address the question of whether growing economic ties between China and Taiwan will lead to peace in the Taiwan Strait by examining the relationship between Taiwan’s domestic politics and China-Taiwan economic exchanges and its resulting impact on ChinaTaiwan relations. I argue that the growing economic ties between China and Taiwan will lead to a relatively peaceful Taiwan Strait; Taiwan’s domestic politics is the key intervening variable that links the former to the latter. Taiwan’s growing economic ties with China have politically benefited Taiwanese politicians who have pro-China attitudes and advocate a reconciliatory China policy. The resulting increase in the power of these politicians in Taiwan’s domestic politics will in turn have a positive effect on China-Taiwan relations
Chien-Kai Chen, “China and Taiwan: A Future of Peace? A Study of Economic Interdependence, Taiwanese Domestic Politics and Cross-Strait Relations,” Josef Korbel Journal of Advanced International Studies 1 (Summer 2009): 14-25.