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Reclaiming the WildernessContemporary Dynamics of the Yiguandao$
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Sébastien Billioud

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197529133

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197529133.001.0001

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A Well-Orchestrated Strategy Taking Politics and Cross-Strait Relations Into Account

A Well-Orchestrated Strategy Taking Politics and Cross-Strait Relations Into Account

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8 A Well-Orchestrated Strategy Taking Politics and Cross-Strait Relations Into Account
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Reclaiming the Wilderness
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Sébastien Billioud

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197529133.003.0009

The Yiguandao has ambitions to re-establish itself firmly in Mainland China. The process is ongoing but, so far, it has primarily taken place in an underground way. However, the ultimate target for the group is to manage to be legalized in China in the same way as it was legalized in Taiwan at the end of the martial law period. In order to put things into context, this chapter introduces both the Yiguandao’s relationship to politics and the way Chinese authorities think about religion. For them, the expansionary dynamics of the Yiguandao is closely intertwined with the Taiwanese question. This explains why a new era started in the middle of the 2000s, marked by renewed contacts between Chinese authorities and the Yiguandao’s General Association located in Taiwan. Based on a number of very concrete examples, the chapter underlines both the progress and the limits of these exchanges, showing that the Yiguandao’s ability to navigate the troubled water of cross-straits politics certainly contributes to its overall expansionary dynamics.

Keywords:   cross-strait relations, Taiwan, legalization

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