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Checkbook diplomacy


Checkbook diplomacy

Not to be confused with Dollar diplomacy.

Checkbook diplomacy, or chequebook diplomacy, is used to describe international policy openly using economic aid and investment between countries to carry diplomatic favor.


  • People's Republic of China / Republic of China 1
  • Abkhazia and South Ossetia 2
  • Other 3
  • External links 4
  • References 5

People's Republic of China / Republic of China

In East Asia, the term has often been used to describe competition between the People's Republic of China (in Mainland China) and the Republic of China (in Taiwan) to gain "recognition" with entities around the world, notably in the Pacific.[1]

Abkhazia and South Ossetia

More recently, the term has been introduced as pertaining to the diplomatic recognition of the breakaway South Caucasus states of

  1. ^ Young, Audrey (October 19, 2007). "Chequebooks brought out at Pacific forum".  
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External links

The term has been used to describe German and Japanese international involvement during and after Gulf War I. Due to their history, both countries were unable to commit troops to the coalition, because of restrictions placed into their constitutions when they were drawn up under allied occupation following World War II (see Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution and Art. 87a of the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany). Instead they volunteered large amounts of financing for the war effort. However, during this time Germany was also providing additional NATO navy units in other regions.



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