China, Taiwan, and International Sporting Events : Face-Off in Cross-Strait Relations

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Chu explores the politics behind Taiwanese cities’ pursuit of international sporting events, and the Chinese authorities’ strategic measures in handling the relations with Taiwan since the 1990s.

It is assumed that the Chinese authorities constantly oppose Taiwanese cities’ application for, and boycott their subsequent holding of, international sporting events. Doing so would obstruct Taiwan’s capacity to raise its visibility and influence in world society, and defend the One-China principle. In fact, the role of China in Taiwan’s pursuit of international sporting events is not invariably as a fatal obstructer, but sometimes a neutral bystander or even an enthusiastic supporter. Chu examines the reasons behind this phenomenon. Reviewing the 18 Taiwanese bidding attempts and four hosting projects, he argues that China’s inconsistent response is determined by the ups and downs of Cross-Strait political ties. As a result, this book provides insight into the nexus between sports and politics in the context of China-Taiwan rivalry.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherTaylor and Francis Ltd.
Number of pages172
ISBN (Electronic)9781000601534, 9781003165293
ISBN (Print)9780367760588, 9780367760571
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameRoutledge Contemporary China Series

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 Marcus P. Chu.


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