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By Reginald Kwok

Taipei's quest to develop into an international urban is the most important to its city improvement. Globalizing Taipei appears at this "Asian Dragon", an immense urban within the South China development Triangle and a centre for transnational creation, revealing how the improvement of this capital has bought company nation help yet is conditioned by means of overseas and household politics.The publication is split into 4 components: fiscal and spatial restructuring, kingdom and society realignment, social differentiation and cultural reorientation. each one analyzes the interplay of overseas, nation and native politics within the shaping of the city's city setting considering the fact that international struggle II.All participants to this edited quantity are Taiwan students proposing severe insiders' perspectives. in line with every one author's specialization and learn concentration, each one bankruptcy offers an in-depth attention of 1 of Taipei's developmental matters generated through globalization. jointly they supply vast, insightful and coherent assurance of this important time in Taipei's international transmutation.

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And Barnes, T. ) A Companion to Economic Geography. Oxford: Blackwell. Z. (1981) Taiwan de dushi fazhan (Urban development in Taiwan). Taiwan jingji (Taiwanese Economy), 54, pp 1–35. Trajtenberg, M. (1999) Innovation in Israel, 1968–97: A Comparative Analysis Using Patent Data. Working Paper No. 7022, National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 1999. 34 Globalizing Taipei: The Political Economy of Spatial Development Wade, R. (1990) Governing the Market: Economic Theory and the Role of Government in East Asian Industrialization.

The main cities within the country, surrounding Taipei City, were the areas where manufacturing sectors grew most rapidly from the 1960s to 1980s. From 1980, following the EOI approach, the Taiwan government promoted the development of a high-tech industry. The creation of Hsinchu (science-based) Industrial Park (located in northern Taiwan, about 70 kilometres (40 miles) from Taipei City and linked to the city by a new highway) provided industrial estate, infrastructure, tax incentives and a high-quality residential environment to attract foreign investment.

Most official policies towards mainland China aimed to hinder, rather than promote direct flows. Taiwanese investors, especially high-technology firms, were forced to register in a third country, such as the Cayman Islands, as foreign companies in order to make investments in China, rather than report to the government. There were policies which did not allow direct transportation between Taiwan and mainland China. Consequently, to serve these ‘sneaky’ investments, the added costs to the producer service providers did not enhance the interface city’s advantage in the global economic competition (Ching, 2001).

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