Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2003, Vol. 58 ›› Issue (3): 415-423.doi: 10.11821/xb200303011

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Driving Mechanism and Approach of Economic Integration across the Taiwan Straits

FAN Jie, ZHAO Yanxia, TIAN Ming, ZHANG Wenzhong   

  1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2002-10-23 Revised:2003-02-09 Online:2003-05-25 Published:2003-05-25
  • Supported by:

    Knowledge Innovation Project of Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.KZCX2-307-02; Knowledge Innovation Project of IGSNRR, CAS, No.CXIOG-B00-03


Globalization and regional integration are two crucial factors determining the regional structure of the world economy. While accelerating the development of the world economy, economic globalization is also deepening the unbalance of economic development among different countries. In order to meet the globalization, many countries adopt regional economic cooperation as a key strategy. Based on the theoretical consideration on the regional integration of the world economy, this contribution analyzes some important driving factors of the economic integration across the Taiwan Straits in view of the situation of regional integration of the world economy and the internal conditions for the economic integration across the Straits. This paper also points out that economic development level across the Straits and industrial and export structure of each side across the Straits can be compliments for each other, and the economic integration across the Straits is also a crucial move to press ahead the reunification of the motherland.

Key words: across the Taiwan Straits, regional integration, economic globalization