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Taiwan/Republic of China 2008–2016

  • John J. Metzler
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Abstract

Ma Ying-jeou, a Nationalist Party (KMT) pragmatist, overwhelmingly won the 2008 presidential elections. As they say the “election was about the Economy.”

Indeed, a growing economic malaise began to show on the once prosperous island. Taiwan’s per capita income was surpassed by South Korea, a psychological milestone, which drove home the point. And, without question, certain Mainland Chinese cities, such as Shanghai, were beginning to look like Taipei.

President Ma would press for a status quo with China while he set about restarting the Taiwan economy.

Defusing a delicate situation with the People’s Republic was crucial. Ma made it clear that his government adhered to the one-China policy, also supported by Beijing, and the KMT was not going to push for separatism or sovereignty.

Keywords

Military Spending Defense Spending Cross Strait Relation National Palace Museum Senkaku Island 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John J. Metzler
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  1. 1.St. John’s UniversityJamaicaUSA

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