The ruling party Kuomintang’s (KMT) dramatic loss during Taiwan’s municipal elections –including the mayoral race in the capital Taipei — on Nov. 29 worried Taiwanese businessmen who are working in China or dealing business with Chinese counterparts now that the rival party Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) remains relatively conservative when it comes to cross-strait relations.
Alan Romberg, director for the Stimson Center’s East Asia Program, did not believe that Beijing’s attitude toward Taipei will change because of the elections. He said that peace and continuous development on the cross-strait relations will remain the priority for Beijing for now, while the Chinese government will continue to figure out new resolutions to communicate with the DPP in the future. But, a party-to-party communication between China and the DPP will not happen as long as the DPP does not accept the “one China” strategy, Romberg said.
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