The Future of Cross-Strait Relations

By Mike Chinoy

Mike Chinoy was a foreign correspondent for CNN for 24 years, serving as the network’s first Beijing bureau chief and as senior Asia correspondent. Currently a Hong Kong-based non-resident senior fellow at the University of Southern California’s US-China Institute, he is the author of four books and the creator of “Assignment China,” a documentary history of American correspondents in China.

For American policymakers, Taiwan has been an oasis of calm in a turbulent region during the past eight years.  But that may be about to change.

When President Ma Ying-jeou of the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) party was elected in 2008, he made rapprochement with mainland China the centerpiece of his administration. Tensions across the Taiwan Strait dropped to their lowest level in decades, while economic ties flourished, with China becoming Taiwan’s leading trading partner.

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