Short-term slowdown in new vehicle sales - Having shown some signs of strength earlier in the year, the market for new vehicles in Taiwan is expected to slow in the coming months, as political turmoil increases and the global economic environment becomes increasingly uncertain. Relations with China continue to cast a shadow over sentiment and the new government is demonstrating increasing signs of weakness. GDP growth is forecast to slow sharply next year, to around 4.5% from an expected 5.5% in 2000 and 5.7% in 1999, with a slowdown in export growth also undermining domestic sentiment.