TAIPEI The inauguration of Tsai Ing-wen as Taiwan's president is likely to highlight the political gulf between the self-governing island and China. It may also, ironically, bring into sharper focus their deepening economic ties across the Taiwan Strait.
China is Taiwan's biggest trade partner, accounting for 40% of Taiwan's exports. Bilateral trade totals $160 billion annually. But the development of a technology supply chain within China and the mainland's economic slowdown have caused a worrying period of contraction for the Taiwanese economy.