Post-Election Continuity

Author
David G. Brown
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Comparative Connections
Volume
14
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
May 2012
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
In January, President Ma Ying-jeou won re-election and the KMT retained its majority in the legislature. Voters endorsed Ma's gradual approach to developing constructive relations with the Mainland. In Beijing, the outcome validated President Hu's “peaceful development” policies. Both sides have indicated there will be continuity in cross-strait relations with a focus on a busy economic agenda. While understanding the domestic factors constraining Ma's willingness to discuss political issues, Beijing has emphasized the importance of building political trust and strengthening a common Chinese heritage. Meanwhile, the DPP's defeat has provoked an internal debate on the party's policy toward Beijing but no clear picture has emerged on whether or how party policy might eventually change.
Topic
Disaster Relief
Political Geography
China, Taiwan