Religious Relations across the Taiwan Strait: Patterns, Alignments, and Political Effects

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TitleReligious Relations across the Taiwan Strait: Patterns, Alignments, and Political Effects
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsBrown, D. A., & Cheng T. -jen
JournalOrbis
Volume56
Issue1
Pagination60-81
ISBN Number0030-4387
KeywordsBUDDHISTS, CHRISTIANS, Religion, Religious organizations
Abstract

This study of Buddhist, Taoist, and Christian relations across the Taiwan Strait elicits three observations: (1) officials on both sides of the Strait are permitting increased cross-Strait religious interaction, but each side has different calculations for doing so; (2) each side uses religion as "soft power" to obtain its political objectives, but these low-key approaches are limited – for different reasons; and (3) even though cross-Strait religious ties are defined by the governments and religious organizations in Taiwan and China in cultural terms, they have significant political implications. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]