Taiwan’s Beijing-friendly leader Ma Ying-jeou secured a second four-year term as president Saturday, promising better ties with China after an election watched intently by the United States. “We’ve won,” a jubilant Ma, 61, told crowds of supporters gathered at his campaign headquarters in downtown Taipei after vote counting showed him securing 51.6 of the vote with 90 percent of ballots tallied.

“In the next four years, ties with China will be more harmonious and there will be more mutual trust and the chance of conflict is slimmer.”