The confrontation across the Taiwan Strait has been extended from the Cold War years to the global era. Under the new circumstance, cross-Strait exchanges and contacts are not only close but also indispensible for both. And, such socioeconomic ties can be easily employed as instruments to achieve political goals. Motivated by the logic, after Hu Jintao being in charge, China has shifted its Taiwan policy from “more sticks” to “extra carrots.” The core elements of Hu’s economic statecraft are “favor-grant policies” (huitai zhengce) targeting specific Taiwanese social groups, which embodies the spirit of Hu’s “new thinking,” i.e., “counting on the Taiwanese people.” But are these policies really effective in bidding for Taiwanese heart and, in the end, breaking the current cross-Strait stalemate? According to our survey data, we argue that Hu’s policy does make considerable impact on the image of China among Taiwanese but have little or no effects on the identity of Taiwanese, and thus is probably unable to reshape the future of cross- Strait relations in the direction China wishes.
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