Taiwan is set to vote on whether to ratify the US-China Free Trade Agreement, which will include the controversial Taiwan-U.S. Free Trade Area.
The vote is expected to take place in mid-October.
While the two countries have had close ties for decades, Beijing’s assertiveness in the South China Sea and its support for Taiwan’s pro-independence protests have made it difficult for Taiwan to forge a diplomatic partnership.
China claims most of the South and East China Sea.
The presidential election is likely to be the most contentious in recent memory.
A vote to choose a new president could decide the fate of Taiwan’s long-standing communist party, which has ruled the island since the end of World War II.
The Taiwan Free Association Party (TFAP) has not been in power since 1949 and has no seats in the legislature.
The TFA has pledged to support the current president, Tsai Ing-wen, while supporting the government and pushing for greater economic and political reform.
Taiwan has been ruled by Taiwan’s independence movement since 1979, when the Taiwanese Nationalist Party took power in a democratic election that led to the Taiwanese independence declaration.