Ketagalan Media: ‘Recognize Taiwan’: Tsai’s Supporters Share Their Hopes for Her Second Term

If the world learned anything about Taiwan from Saturday’s elections, it was that the people of Taiwan do not take their democracy for granted. After passionate campaigns by incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and challenger Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) that polarized supporters of Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Han’s Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), Saturday’s warm, […]

Taipei Times: Ian Easton On Taiwan: Should Taiwanese missiles target Beijing?

For many years, China’s propaganda outlets have broadcast videos of military units attacking Taiwan. Even in peacetime, viewers across China (and Taiwan) are routinely exposed to images of unprovoked violence. In one such media clip, Chinese tanks and soldiers practiced storming a large mock-up of the Presidential Office in Taipei. … Chinese Communist Party (CCP) […]

Focus Taiwan: Former U.S. vice president calls for stronger links with Taiwan

Washington, Jan. 11 (CNA) Joe Biden, a former vice president of the United States and Democratic Party aspirant for the presidency in 2020, called for stronger ties with Taiwan in a tweet Saturday congratulating President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on her election victory. “Congratulations to President Tsai and the people of Taiwan for another successful election,” […]

New York Times: When Populism Can’t Beat Identity Politics

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Populism was supposed to be the winning formula. With the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (D.P.P.) steadily campaigning on growing anxiety over threats to Taiwan’s national identity, the Kuomintang, a party that favors close ties to China, risked being consigned to playing permanent opposition. Populism seemed to offer it a way out. … […]

Focus Taiwan: Public vote counting a powerful aspect of Taiwan’s democracy: scholar

Taipei, Jan. 12 (CNA) Taiwan’s public vote counting system is one of the most powerful and unique aspects of its democracy, an American scholar said after observing the presidential and legislative elections Saturday. “It’s completely transparent, low tech, open and inspires confidence,” Kharis Templeman, a research scholar at Stanford University and program manager of the […]

Taipei Times: 2020 Elections: Yu Shyi-kun a popular choice for next speaker

With new legislators to be sworn in on Feb. 1, former premier Yu Shyi-kun, who is to take a legislator-at-large seat, is seen by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members as a popular candidate for legislative speaker. The DPP on Saturday maintained its majority in the Legislative Yuan, winning 61 seats, four more than the 57 […]

Taipei Times: 2020 Elections: NPP thanks supporters, discusses its next moves

… While NPP Legislator Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌), who was ranked fourth on the party’s legislator-at-large nominee list, did not win a seat, NPP Chairman Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) said that the former NPP chairman would continue to play a crucial role in the party. Asked what the NPP’s next step would be and whether Huang would […]

Taipei Times: 2020 Elections: TPP ‘revolution’ is just beginning, Ko Wen-je says

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), chairman of the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP), on Saturday night said the “revolution” was just beginning after his party won five at-large seats in Saturday’s legislative elections to become the third-largest party in the Legislative Yuan. The next critical point would be the 2022 local elections, he said. … Although […]