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Type: Journal article
Title: Taiwan's “Macedonian Project,” 1999–2001
Author: Tubilewicz, C.
Citation: The China Quarterly, 2004; 179:782-803
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 0305-7410
Statement of
Czeslaw Tubilewicz
Abstract: Since 1989, Taipei has attempted to capitalize on the systemic changes in East Central Europe. It achieved its goal of winning diplomatic allies among the post-communist states only in 1999, when Macedonia recognized the Republic of China (ROC) hoping that Taipei's generosity would resolve its economic problems. In order to showcase the effectiveness of its assistance, Taipei resorted to economic diplomacy and offered Skopje loans, humanitarian and technical assistance. Yet, the Macedonian–Taiwanese partnership ended in 2001. This report will argue that Taipei failed to become a viable alternative to the People's Republic of China (PRC) as Skopje's economic and diplomatic partner because of China's clout in international affairs and its own reluctance to shower Macedonia with developmental assistance. Instead of showcasing Taiwan's ability to maintain a diplomatic ally through a pro-active economic foreign policy, the failed Macedonian project underlined the limited effectiveness of the ROC's economic diplomacy and the perennial problem of the ROC diplomacy: a successful international isolation by the PRC.
Provenance: Published online by Cambridge University Press 28 Sep 2004
Rights: © The China Quarterly, 2004
RMID: 0020082077
DOI: 10.1017/S030574100400058X
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