Taiwan, Human Rights, and Trade
TAIWAN: ECONOMIC, POLITICAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES, N. Roberts Lachlan and Cooper R. Lewis, eds., Nova Science Publishers, 2008
Posted: 10 Jan 2009
Date Written: January 10, 2009
As many domestic, inter-regional, and international political economy concerns burdened China's 2001 accession to the World Trade Organization ("WTO"), including the aftermath of accession, there is the often ignored impact of China's accession on Taiwan and its bid for international recognition and participation. While Taiwan maneuvers for a stature that is more international and for independent access to multilateral institutions, such as Taiwan's efforts to gain greater international recognition vis-a-vis membership in the World Health Organization ("WHO") and other multilateral institutions, China, pursuant to reunification, and other key international players, including the United States and its trade policies, laws, and politics of special interests, now routinely block Taiwan's efforts to gain international recognition and participation. These widely-ranging concerns, ultimately, present the issues of Taiwan, human rights, the discourse on free and fair trade, and other social welfare concerns, such as labor rights and environmental pollution.
Keywords: China, Taiwan, multilateral institutions, WTO, trade, human rights, laws, social welfare
JEL Classification: A10, F10, K33
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