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Vol 5 (AAC) No 3

Published 1st January 2012

Recognition mission

China’s favoured candidate stays in office, but Taiwan will struggle to participate in international bodies and overcome security challenges

President Ma Ying-jeou of the Kuomintang (KMT, Chinese Nationalist Party) won a second term on 14 January and now has another four years to carry forward his China-friendly policies. Taiwan’s 23 remaining allies – Burkina Faso, Gambia, São Tomé e Príncipe and Swaziland are the only African countries among them – may stay in Taipei’s camp for the duration, but their support will not be enough to give Taiwan the international influence it craves.

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