Taiwan’s Election and Reactions from Asian Powers

Taiwan’s Election and Reactions from Asian Powers

On January 14, Taiwan’s voters elected incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou to a second term in office, while also giving his ruling Nationalist Party (KMT) a legislative majority. In this post, we highlight Chinese, Indian and Japanese commentaries on the implications of this election for cross-strait relations and regional politics.


The party-owned press hailed Ma’s electoral victory as one more step closer toward political negotiations with Taiwan:


Indian commentaries focused on the opportunity to expand India’s economic relations with Taiwan, with references to geopolitical competition with China:


Japanese newspapers from different ends of the political spectrum converged in their skepticism that Ma’s victory boded more stable cross-strait relations: