Taiwan party that won election wants US help with China

The first was Lee Teng-hui Ph.D. "To this, I want to say "welcome", she wrote in a Facebook message.

The DPP is broadly supportive of independence from China. For years, a studied ambiguity (symbolised by the so-called 1992 consensus) has allowed both sides to pursue separate paths and avoid confrontation. In fact, Taiwan has no options.

In China's view, Taiwan is a renegade Chinese province that technically belongs to the mainland under its "One China" policy.

On top of this, Tsai will need to negotiate the upcoming session of the ICAO Assembly, which commences on 27 September, roughly two weeks after the beginning of the UN General Assembly. Seeking independence would only lead to a dead end. Cross-strait ties are indeed important in Taiwan, but they are not the only issue. Tsai has to be realistic about this. "We've all be taught from small that Taiwanese are compatriots, and Taiwan is the jewelled island", wrote one, apparently Chinese, Facebook poster. She intends to continue her political efforts in the future.

It's historically meaningful that both countries, which already share democratic values and development experiences, have embraced female presidents, she said.

During the election campaign Ms Tsai campaigned on maintaining peace and the status quo with China. This is the bottom line for both Washington and Beijing.

Taking the outcome of the election at face value puts us at risk of misreading the situation. Under the latter policy, Taiwan did not seek a United Nations seat directly, preferring to work on meaningful participation in United Nations specialised agencies such as the WHO and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Against this backdrop, Taiwan becomes an ace in the pack for the US. He was willing to adhere to China's principles and yet maintain his own.

"Over the last few years, Taipei and Beijing have been able to use the party relations between the KMT and the Chinese Communist Party to make progress in terms of dialogue".

The program received extensive media coverage in Taiwan, where it was seen as an attempt to pressure Taiwanese voters before the island's presidential and legislative elections, which took place January 16.

"China may look to "punish" Taiwan for electing the anti-China DPP by making it more hard for Taiwan to negotiate free-trade deals with other countries", Gareth Leather, Capital Economics.

On the one hand, democratic societies are now considered the most conservative, with no one able to achieve any results.

In Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as China, and for that matter, Cambodia and Malaysia as well, entrenched ruling parties strictly control the selection procedure and choice of candidates for governance.

It would be a better celebration if all 10 members had established a democratic political system like that in Taiwan, but perhaps that's a dream too far.

The new administration may indeed pose a greater possibility for friction with China, but it also offers the potential for a more stable rapprochement.

In her victory speech, Tsai, 59, said, "We have lit up Taiwan". A shift from a radical to a conservative stance would be hard. "Any forms of suppression will harm the stability of cross-strait relations", she warned her Chinese counterparts. South Korea is Taiwan's fifth-largest trading partner. But most of the business opportunities have been seized by Koreans as a result of the sunflower movement. President Ma is considering whether to give his approval to such a move.

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