The Democratic Progressive Party has emerged as the biggest party in Taiwan's legislative yuan following Saturday's elections, but the island's political scene is no clearer. Although President Chen Shui-bian, a DPP member, has reasons to be jubilant that his party now has 87 legislators, there is no guarantee he can push through his policy agenda unopposed. While the Kuomintang's (KMT) strength has shrunk from 108 seats to 68, the People First Party (PFP), led by former KMT heavyweight James Soon Chu-yu, now controls 46 seats, up from 19 previously. Should the KMT and PFP band together, their 114-strong bloc would crush the DPP's 87. Even if the DPP were able to boost its strength to 100 by teaming up with the Taiwan Solidarity Union led by former president Lee Teng-hui, which controls 13 seats, it would still be weaker than a KMT-PFP alliance. But Taiwanese politics is not a cut-and-dried affair. Already, there are rumours that individual KMT and PFP legislators may defect. There is also much bad blood between some PFP and KMT members and partnership is not a foregone conclusion. For Beijing, the results of the elections are a disappointment. Not only has the pro-independence DPP become the biggest party in parliament, its share of the popular vote was 43 per cent, compared with 39 per cent in the presidential election two years ago. By contrast, only 47 per cent of the votes were cast for the KMT and PFP, which still pay lip service to the 'one China' principle. The only consolation is that in the county and mayoral elections, KMT and PFP candidates were able to hold on to power, while DPP candidates fared worse. Overall, the election outcome will not lead to significant changes in cross-strait relations, as Beijing remains reluctant to have any dealings with Mr Chen and the DPP for their refusal to accept the 'one China' principle.