I just return from the Xth Annual Conference of the Asian Law and Economics Association, this year hosted by the
University in . I used this occasion to learn a bit about the island: eg, reading the excellent book by Jonathan
Nation: A History of Taiwan. Taipei
In particular, I was wondering whether and how the Taiwan/China relationship may be an analogy to other current and past conflicts (as well as more non-conflictual relationships), such as: Russia v Ukraine; Ukraine v Crimea; Europe v UK; UK v Scotland; UK v Ireland; Iraq v ISIS occupied territories; West v East Germany; Germany v Austria; Malaysia v Singapore; Australia v Tasmania; Australia v New Zealand.As always with analogies, there are both similarities and differences – indeed, one could do a table showing how each of the country pairs of the previous paragraph may in some respects be similar but in others different from the China v Taiwan pair. Moreover, it can be seen that the results differ sharply: in some of these instances the separateness is or was accepted, while in others it was a temporary one. Thus, if anything, this reflection may illustrate the limits to draw policy conclusions from analogies.