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PacNet #66 – Taiwan’s 2012 Presidential Election and Cross-Strait Relations

Since Ma Ying-jeou assumed the presidency in Taiwan in May 2008, relations across the Taiwan Strait have improved dramatically. In the past three and a half years, 16 agreements have been signed on practical matters that have largely benefited the people on both sides of the strait. The presidential election in Taiwan is scheduled for Jan. 14, 2012, and the race is extremely tight. Regardless of the outcome, the election will have significant impact on the cross-Strait situation and on US interests.