Interview: How Ko Wen-je Represents the Legacy of Ma Ying-jeou’s ‘Pragmatism’ in Cross-Strait Relations

Andre Beckershoff’s new book describes how between 2004 and 2014 Taiwanese business elites worked to ‘depoliticize’ the idea of economic and cultural relations with China. We spoke to Beckershoff about how the space created by this project is now embodied by presidential candidate Ko Wen-je and various assumptions that remain within Taiwanese politics

JAPAN TAIWAN DIPLOMACY Ko Wen-je attends a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo on June 8, 2023. (Photo: Richard A. Brooks/AFP)