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Presidential politics in Taiwan

by David De La Torre

In Ma’s second stand, The Economist looks at the Taiwan president’s second term in office.

TAIWAN’S president, Ma Ying-jeou, is to be inaugurated for a second term on May 20th. His first four years, above all else, were marked by an historic detente with China, Taiwan’s old foe across the Taiwan Strait. First, China agreed to a truce in a long-running and increasingly expensive attempt to deny Taiwan diplomatic allies. Then, in 2010, the two countries signed a trade agreement known as the Economic Co-operation Framework Agreement (ECFA). Relations across the strait have never been better since Taiwan and China split in 1949, and Mr Ma can be considered the architect of that.

Yet Taiwan’s public remains wary about too close a rapprochement with China, which considers the island to be a part of its territory and which insists on the right to use force to achieve reunification. [more]