China Leadership Monitor

All Economics Is Political: ECFA Front and Center

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Following the brouhaha over Taiwan arms sales and President Obama’s White House meeting with the Dalai Lama, Beijing and Washington worked their way back toward “normalcy” in what was clearly a carefully orchestrated set of moves. Meanwhile, the transpacific controversy seemed to have no impact on cross-Strait relations, and, although not all was smooth sailing, Taipei and Beijing began to close in on signing an Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) by May or June.