Taiwan: Crisis Deferred, But Maybe Not For Long

Author
Denny Roy
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
East-West Center
Abstract
Taiwan's elections on January 14, which for the first time combined polls for the presidency and the legislature, displayed further positive evolution in Taiwan's now well-established democracy. The results also precluded an immediate disruption in relations between Taiwan and the PRC, which is good news in Washington. In Beijing's view, however, the goal is not stability across the Taiwan Strait, but unification. Chinese impatience might weigh more heavily on President Ma Ying-jeou, and by extension on the United States, during Ma's second term.
Topic
Arms Control and Proliferation, Democratization, Economics, Politics
Political Geography
United States, China, Washington, Taiwan, Southeast Asia