“Taiwan Elections Head to the Finish: Concerns, Cautions, and Challenges” appears in the current issue of the China Leadership Monitor by Alan D. Romberg, Distinguished Fellow and Director of the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center.
Two major political developments in recent weeks have played an important role in Taiwan’s presidential election: Tsai Ing-wen’s visit to Washington and the problems she encountered convincing American officials she has a workable formula to manage cross-Strait relations, and Ma Ying-jeou’s sudden promotion of the idea of “facing” the issue of a cross-Strait peace accord sometime in the next 10 years, which created a tempest in the campaign teapot. Although Washington strove to temper any impression that it was “taking sides” in the election, the concerns about management of cross-Strait relations remained. And while the peace accord discussion largely faded, one would have to say that no one was covered with glory by the time it played itself out.
The complete article can be found here.