Taiwan builds bridges with the mainland
New president Ma Ying-jeou is intent on improving relations with the People’s Republic of China, with likely benefits for business, especially in financial services. Chris Wright reports.
"We would like to see the same kind of banking services that we offer here in Taiwan offered in China as well"
Ma’s predecessor, Chen Shui-bian, was not a popular figure with China, and the feeling was mutual. Chen was a pro-independence figure who wanted statehood for Taiwan, rather than the curious halfway house it occupies today: a strong and successful democracy but with no official standing as a world state, unable to participate under its own name anywhere from the Olympics to the UN.