China-Taiwan Relations:Progress Slow as Taiwan Campaign Begins

Author
David G. Brown
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Comparative Connections
Volume
13
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
September 2011
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
There has been some progress in implementing the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) and other existing pacts, but differences continue to prevent finalization of the long-pending investment protection agreement. Beijing has criticized opposition candidate Tsai Ing-wen's cross-strait policy platform, saying it would lead to a breakdown in dialogue and cooperation. Sea trials of Beijing's first aircraft carrier were symbolic of PLA capabilities that increasingly threaten Taiwan. Reports indicate that Taipei and Washington have agreed on the program to upgrade Taiwan's existing F-16A/B fighters with congressional notification expected in September.
Topic
Disaster Relief
Political Geography
Taiwan, Beijing