Taiwan's Protests Point to a Deeper Crisis

Thousands march as the island struggles to regain momentum
Sunflower Movement protesters march on Ma’s office Photograph by Toby Chang/Reuters

Since his election in 2008, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has presided over uneven growth and has had to deal with some of the lowest popularity polls in Taiwan’s political history. Ma’s answer to the island’s economic woes is to draw closer to its largest trading partner, China. It’s a risky strategy. China has not given up its goal to regain what it considers a lost province, by force if necessary.

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