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PacNet #30 – Why Taiwan’s Freedom of Action Continues to Erode

Cross-strait relations continue to improve because this trend is perceived as being in the interests of the three main actors: the governments of China, Taiwan, and the United States. In the Taiwan presidential election campaign, incumbent Ma Ying-jeou sees increased engagement as in Taiwan’s interests. A victory by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) could lead to frictions with China, though the DPP is showing flexibility as it appeals to centrist Taiwan voters.