Ketagalan Media: Young Voters, Returnees Cheer KMT Candidate Han Kuo-yu’s Last Hurrah

Thursday evening saw the last major Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) rally of the election season as supporters of presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) flooded Ketagalan Boulevard in the heart of Taipei. Organizers had called for one million participants to attend the rally, held outside Taiwan’s presidential office. While it was certainly well-attended, a more reasonable […]

The Nation: What Is ‘National Doom’? In Taiwan, It Depends on Whom You Ask

In the months before Taiwan’s upcoming elections, an apocalyptic phrase has been circulating on the country’s social media: “national doom.” This term has been around for almost as long as the country itself, and it’s now widespread enough that all three presidential candidates used it during their debate in December. Days away from the presidential […]

The Nation: Progressives: Taiwan Would Like Your Attention

Taiwan’s existence in the modern world can seem confounding. The nation, which holds presidential elections on Saturday, is a democracy that boasts world-class universal health care and recently became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. Its ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has touted direct democracy initiatives, renewable energy, and the abolition of […]

The Star: Canada can learn from Taiwan on relations with China

Few cherish the fragility of democracy more than the people of Taiwan. Located perilously close to an adversary seeking to undermine its sovereignty and democracy, Taiwan has developed remarkable resilience to China’s ongoing threats. This resilience will be put to the test on Saturday as voters cast ballots in Taiwan’s national elections. Canada is no […]

Foreign Policy: China Steps Up Its Information War in Taiwan

… Joining Tsai and Han in that contest is a third, unofficial contestant: Beijing. The Chinese government has undertaken a vast information influence campaign designed to support its favored candidates and sow distrust in Taiwan’s democracy. China’s efforts go far beyond spreading disinformation and stale state propaganda. Beijing’s ambition is to shape the production, dissemination, […]

Lowy Institute: The absurdity shaping Taiwan’s presidential elections

If you were to receive a receipt in Taiwan today, the date would be marked with the year 109. It will be 109 when Taiwan holds its presidential and legislative election in what we might call 2020. That’s because it marks 109 years since the declaration of the Republic of China (ROC), the state created […]

Focus Taiwan: KMT official struggles to clarify communication with Chinese defector

Taipei, Jan. 9 (CNA) An opposition Kuomintang (KMT) official accused of involvement in an alleged plot to have a self-professed Chinese defector retract his claims about spying for China on Thursday held a press conference to try to clarify his role in events, just two days before Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections. In a report […]

Taipei Times: 2020 Elections: ‘Biased’ banners slammed by LGBT groups, candidates

Green Party Taiwan and New Power Party (NPP) legislator at-large candidates on Wednesday joined LGBT rights groups in condemning the use of campaign banners they said were aimed at attracting votes by “selling discrimination and fear” against families with LGBT parents. Jovi Wu (吳少喬), who raises her seven-year-old daughter with her same-sex partner, told a […]

Taipei Times: 2020 Elections: PFP confident of winning 10 legislative seats

The People First Party (PFP) is confident of winning 10 legislative seats and would work with other parties to pass bills that affect people’s lives, party spokeswoman Belle Yu (于美人) said yesterday. About 30 percent of moderate voters have been silent about whom they are going to vote for in the presidential election, she said. […]

Taipei Times: 2020 Elections: First-time voters choose wisely: Lin

Tomorrow’s presidential election is one in which voters will select the future they want for the nation, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Deputy Secretary-General Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆) said yesterday, calling on 1.18 million first-time voters to carefully consider their votes. “Do we want to enjoy fleeting economic benefits by choosing to be friendly with China, or […]