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This chapter examines the paradox of queer human rights discourse in relation to two Chinas. Starting with the problem that queer human rights are derived from the rights-bearers’ differences (queerness) and their commonality (humanness), this chapter argues that our ability to deploy this concept has been weakened by an uncritical use of the political status of sexual minorities as a metric to assess the extent to which neoliberal globalization has transformed postsocialist and postauthoritarian regimes. This chapter demonstrates that Taiwan’s construction of a liberal, queer-friendly political image is actually motivated by the geopolitical tensions between two Chinas, and the case...

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