The Beijing Perspective: the Political and Diplomatic Context for Taiwan and the World Health Assembly

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Xi Jinping’s People’s Republic of China is keen to express its grand strategic ambitions—the delivery of centennial goals by 2021 and 2049. This marks the end in which China seeks to keep a low profile. With notions like the ‘China Dream’, the Belt and Road Initiative, and a raft of other expressions and moves, Xi and his fellow leaders have shown that they want a more proactive foreign policy. In this ambitious, historically driven and more nationalistic strategic approach, the issue of Taiwan remains central. There has been more attempt to make some kind of framework for reunification on the part of Beijing accepted both internationally, and in Taipei. Taiwan’s space has been restricted, and a number of moves have placed pressure on the Tsai presidency, from trying to gain diplomatic allies currently linked to Taiwan, to refusing Taiwan space on the World Health Assembly and other bodies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-43
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Taiwan Studies
Issue number1
Early online date3 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020


  • Xi Jinping
  • Taiwan
  • China
  • Tsai Ing-wen
  • World Health Assembly

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