Conference and CfP: Racing to join the club: The implications of China’s, Taiwan’s, and the UK’s applications to join the CPTPP

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The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a free trade agreement (FTA) signed between Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore, and Vietnam in March 2018. Originally named the Trans-Pacific Partnership and with twelve members, the Trump administration withdrew the USA from it in 2017, the remaining eleven countries reorganising and renaming the agreement. After leaving the EU, the UK applied to join in February 2021, followed by both China and Taiwan in September the same year. Countries seeking to join the bloc must negotiate tariffs and other market access conditions with each of the 11 original members.

The Taiwan Studies Program of the University of Nottingham is holding a conference on 17th-18th June 2022 to explore the issues raised by this novel dynamic of contemporaneous applications to join the CPTPP from the UK, China and Taiwan. We are inviting papers which address (but need not be limited to):

  1. The regional trade relationship within East Asia
  2. The drivers and perspectives behind the three new applications to join the CPTPP
  3. American perspectives on these applications
  4. What the applications mean for the rivalry between China and Taiwan
  5. Implications of the application for the UK’s ‘Global Britain’ concept.

The conference will be held in a hybrid mode, with the speakers attending, presenting and debating in person, and online streaming of the proceedings for remote participants.

Please submit your abstract of no more than 500 words to tspconf2022@gmail.com. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31st January 2022. Notification will be sent out by 15th February 2022; if selected, the deadline for submitting final conference papers (6,000 words) will be 27th May 2022. Selected conference papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal, or as chapters in an edited book.

The Taiwan Studies Program will provide up to three nights’ accommodation in Nottingham for selected contributors.

The Program welcomes submissions from post graduate research students or early career researchers (researchers who have not yet obtained a permanent position). The conference will cover travel expenses up to GBP500 for those in these categories whose abstracts are accepted.