NYT, 14 Jan 2008:
Analysts here said China had avoided attempts to influence the parliamentary election with overt threats or intimidation, since saber rattling before past elections appeared to have increased support for the Democratic Progressive Party.
They predicted that Beijing would continue a hands-off policy throughout the presidential campaign.
â€œBefore the presidential election, China will keep quiet,â€ said Keng Shu, a political scientist at National Chengchi University. â€œThis time, China has been rewarded for keeping its mouth shut.â€
CNA, 17 Mar 2008:
China’s low-key response in the days leading up to the Taiwan election is a deliberate change in strategy, say observers.