Ma Ying-jeou Re-elected: The Only Bright Future for Cross-Strait Relations?

Issue & Policy Briefs January 18, 2012, No. 83

Incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) won a second term in the office after defeating Tsai Ing-wen from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the January 14 presidential and legislative elections in Taiwan. The KMT also retained the majority in the Legislative Yuan despite losing seventeen seats. What are the implications of Ma’s victory for cross-Strait relations? Can a deepening of rapprochement between Taipei and Beijing be expected?