TENSIONS EASED: Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has leveraged growing economic ties with China to reduce tensions to their lowest level since the two sides split in 1949.
SECOND TERM: Ma's second four-year term begins Sunday and the question is whether he can keep tensions at a low boil. China insists that Taiwan is part of its territory. But U.S.-backed Taiwan has no desire to give up its de facto independence.
HONEYMOON: Analysts say that Ma, who won re-election over a more China-wary opposition, probably won't be pressed by Beijing anytime soon but could be, toward the end of his term.