Taiwan: President Wins Party Vote
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has been elected head of the island's ruling party, the Kuomintang, in a vote by party members.
The move will make it easier for him to pass policies through parliament and to have more say in relations with China.
China considers Taiwan as one of its provinces, not a country, and does not recognise Mr Ma as Taiwan president.
But as chairman of the ruling party, Mr Ma will now be able to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao.
The past year has seen relations between the two countries improve dramatically, but a summit between the two presidents still may not be likely in the near future.
Mr Ma has indicated he is in no hurry to visit China.
Analysts say the main reason he sought the party chairmanship is to exert control over his party, which controls the legislature, so he can get his bills and appointments approved.
Being party chairman, however, will also give him more say over dealings with China.