PresidentMaYing-jeouhadtodosomething,saidLexintheFT。

ChinahadsecuredatradeagreementwiththetencountriesintheAssociationofSouth-eastAsianNations(ASEAN),raisingtheprospectofaseamlesstradingzonewithoutTaiwaninit。

TaiwansowntalkswithAsiancountrieswerethwartedasnobodywantedtooffendChinabystrikingadealwithwhatitsawasarebelliousprovince。

EnterpresidentMaspolicyofimprovingrelationswithChina,whichhasproducedthistriumph,saidCapitalEconomics。

Butthepolicyremainscontroversial,especiallywithelectionscomingupinNovember。

Theanti-ChineseoppositionwarnsthattheECFAcouldbeafirststeptowardsTaiwanseventualincorporationintoChina,notedEconomist。

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MeanwhileithasnthelpedmattersthatChinahassofarappeareddistinctlylukewarmaboutTaiwansecuringfree-tradeagreementswithothercountries。

ClosertiestoChina,howevervexingfornationalists,couldwellbringprogressonthatfront,saidLex。

Mashouldkeepemphasisingthebiggerpicture。

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