TaiwanJuly 2011 | Risk Summary
Taiwan's incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou once again would need to tread carefully on the island's fragile cross-strait policy. Ma faces a tough balancing act in keeping the electorate appeased in the run-up to the national elections and ensuring that cross-strait relations are unharmed. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Ma hailed the warm Taipei-Beijing relations that had developed in recent years and at the same time maintained his insistence in concluding an arms deal with the US to replace the island's ageing fighter jet fleet.
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