The latest China-Taiwan trade deal, signed Tuesday, avoided discussing sensitive political relations but signaled much closer cooperation between the longtime rivals.
Taiwan and China unexpectedly nixed 1 of 4 deals during economic talks this week. The setback comes as Taiwan's China-friendly government is losing support – and has produced a rap video to try to win it back.
Critics say Typhoon Morakot is Ma Ying-jeou's Hurricane Katrina. He has been faulted for weak leadership in dealing with a devastating storm that killed at least 127, with hundreds still missing.