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Vol 5 (AAC) No 3

Published 1st January 2012


The diplomatic truce goes on

President Ma Ying-jeou’s election victory on 14 January gave comfort to those who feared that an opposition win might rupture the delicate détente between China and Taiwan – and herald an end to the ‘diplomatic truce’ that has prevented China from wooing Taiwan’s four remaining African allies. After a closely-fought campaign, Ma of the Kuomintang (KMT, Chinese Nationalist Party) won 51.6% of the vote. His main challenger, Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party, took 45.6%. In the legislature, the KMT lost 17 seats but retains a majority, with 64 of 113 seats.

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