After eight years of often strained U.S.-Taiwan relations, the United States is welcoming with relief Taiwan voters’ choice of a president committed to engage, not antagonize, rival China.
President-elect Ma Ying-jeou has promised to defuse tensions and expand trade with China. As always, the United States did not take sides in Saturday’s vote. But President Bush said later in a statement that the election “provides a fresh opportunity” for Taiwan and China to begin peacefully settling their differences. The two sides split in 1949 during China’s civil war.
Read also Taiwan’s president-elect Ma poses new dilemma for US from AFP, and Taiwan Election Outcome Brings Relief for Washington by Thomas Omestad.