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PacNet #11 – Taiwan Elections: Time for Diplomatic Gestures from Beijing?

Kyoto – The outcome of the March 20 presidential election in Taiwan will have a profound impact on cross-Strait relations. Much will depend, of course, on who wins. But equally important will be how Beijing responds. Will Beijing let the next Taiwan leader – be it incumbent President Chen Shui-bian or challenger (and former Vice President) Lien Chen – set the tone? Or will it be more pro-active and help set a positive agenda?