|Taiwan President Ma Wins Re-election|
|by Tom McGregor||Sun, Jan 15, 2012, 06:33 PM|
President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan, who holds friendly relations with Beijing, has won a second four-year term in office. He faced off against Tsai Ing-wen of the pro-independence party.The Irish Times reports that, “while Mr. Ma made it clear, after declaring victory in Saturday’s polls, that he wanted to strengthen economic ties before addressing political issues, Beijing has promised to co-operate with self-ruled Taiwan after the win.”
Amidst his first term, Taiwan had raised the number of direct flights to China and permitted many Taiwanese tourists to visit the mainland while he opened trade venues.
According to the Irish Times, “Mr. Ma won 51.6 percent of the vote against 45.6 percent for Ms. Tsai, while a third candidate, James Soong, once a heavyweight with Mr. Ma’s party, achieved 2.8 percent. Mr. Ma’s party, the Koumingtang, also held the 113-seat legislature, but with a reduced majority.”
Taiwan split from Mainland China after the Communists defeated the Koumingtang in 1949. Ever since, Beijing has claimed that Taiwan is a so-called prodigal province that should be brought back into the fold, by military force if necessary.
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