Representatives of Taiwan’s semiofficial Straits Exchange Foundation and its Chinese counterpart, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, or ARATS, reached the agreements on Sunday in the third round of formal negotiations since Ma Ying-jeou became Taiwan’s president in May 2008, elected on a pledge to improve the island’s flagging economy through better relations with China.

It is looking more and more likely that China and Taiwan will soon realize de facto (if not formal) re-unification.  And the irony is that the driving force stems from China’s markets softening Taiwan’s political opposition.  Wasn’t it supposed to be the other way around?  Read the article from the Wall Street Journal.