Wednesday 15 Aug 2018 | 11:31 | SYDNEY
Wednesday 15 Aug 2018 | 11:31 | SYDNEY

Win-win for Taiwan and the United States


Malcolm Cook

5 November 2008 18:09

Following on from Sam’s earlier post, it looks like President Ma Ying-jeou and the KMT’s plan of improving its relations with China — and through this, Taiwan’s relations with its main guarantor, the US — has just taken a major step forward.

Not only have Taiwan and China just signed four agreements that will go a long way to further integrating the two economies, but it looks like US-Taiwan ties are drawing closer too.  The US is reported to be considering restarting ministerial-level trade visits between the US and Taiwan, stopped by Washington when Chen Shui-bian and the DPP and its harder line towards China was in power.

Ma’s aggressive push for closer economic and less fractious political relations with China seems to be paying off well internationally, even if it is causing him problems back home in Taiwan.