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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Taiwanese Elections -- no accommodation yet

Despite Beijing's attempts to bully them and to court the opposition Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party, won Saturday's elections handily. The DDP is strongly opposed to integration with the mainland and the vote suggests that the Taiwanese electorate is not yet disposed to seek any significant accommodation with mainland China. Nor, though, does it suggest a strong move for formal independence. Because of low turnout the elections are hardly decisive. The relationship between Taiwan and the mainland will remain in a state of tense and frustrating ambiguity for the foreseeable future -- probably the best outcome possible at this time. A decisive vote one way or other would have provoked a crisis.

Will Franklin has a good post on the elections over at Willisms. Check it out here.


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