Asia Program

Taiwan and the Global Economic Storm

Peter Chow, T. Y. Wang, Thomas Bellows, and Yu-Long Ling

This Special Report examines how the global economic crisis has impacted the economy and politics of Taiwan. Peter Chow gives an overview of the Taiwanese economic situation and evaluates the performance of the administration of Ma Ying-jeou, Taiwan’s current president. T.Y. Wang assesses the nexus between economics and security in Taiwan, focusing in particular on the question of Taiwan’s relations with mainland China. Thomas Bellows reviews dynamics in the Taiwanese legislature, as well as examining the extra-legislative protest activities of the opposition party during the economic crisis. And Yu-long Ling assesses Ma’s leadership style and personal performance in office.

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