Bloomberg video: How Would Tsai’s Election Win Affect Taiwan-China Relations?

Shelley Rigger, professor of political science at Davidson College, talks about the outcome of Taiwan’s elections. President Tsai Ing-wen of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party won a landslide victory over China-friendly opposition challenger Han Kuo-yu to clinch a second term in elections Saturday. Rigger speaks with Bloomberg’s Stephen Engle on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia.” (Source: Bloomberg) […]

Washington Post: Time is on Taiwan’s side

With the totalitarians’ talent for invective and the Leninist faith that “history” has a Marxist mind of its own, a Beijing-run “news” agency dismissed Taiwan’s presidential election results as “a temporary fluke” and “bubbles left behind by the tides of history.” Actually, this election, just 48 days after Hong Kong’s resounding repudiation of Beijing in […]

Focus Taiwan: China’s response to Tsai’s cross-strait proposals impractical: MAC

aipei, Jan. 15 (CNA) Taipei said Wednesday that China’s reaffirmation of the “1992 consensus” earlier in the day in response to President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) proposal for positive cross-strait interactions was not in keeping with the democratic wishes of the Taiwan people. In a statement, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said that the results of […]

Taipei Times: 2020 Elections: Majority favors cross-strait dialogue: poll

  A majority of respondents in a post-election opinion poll urged President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to initiate a cross-strait dialogue, while Beijing’s latest moves indicate that it might be considering softening its Taiwan policy, the pan-green Cross-Strait Policy Association said yesterday. Asked about Tsai’s speech after winning the presidential election on Saturday last week, 66.1 […]

Ketagalan Media: Taiwan’s Election Is About Taiwan

Before and after Taiwan’s 7th direct presidential election, one popular narrative emerged in the international coverage. This narrative is centered on Chineseness, the (real or perceived) historical continuities in terms of ethnicity, language, or culture. A news report inThe Telegraph says that Taiwan’s elections “remind the world … that Chinese culture and democracy can co-exist”, […]

LAD Bible: Taiwan Elects A Cosplaying Politician, The Hero We Need In 2020

27-year-old Democratic Progressive Party Lai Pin-yu has cause to celebrate. Over the weekend, she won what was described as an incredibly tight race New Taipei City’s 12th District, taking on and beating former Taipei City Deputy Mayor Lee Yong-ping by an impressive 2,780 votes … Lai has an impressive and passionate track record, then. But […]

Nikkei: Taiwan’s Nationalists face battle to remain electoral force

… The KMT, known in English as the Chinese Nationalist Party, has lost the last two presidential and legislative elections to President Tsai Ing-wen’s China-skeptic Democratic Progressive Party. The KMT’s toughest task may be to win back young voters, many of whom fear that Chinese President Xi Jinping could become more aggressive in seeking to […]

The Diplomat: James Soong: The End of an (Authoritarian) Era in Taiwan

Amid the coverage of Tsai Ing-wen’s resounding victory and re-election as president of Taiwan last week, scant attention was given to political veteran James Soong’s showing. The former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) heavyweight finished a distant third place with just 4.25 of the vote. This represented a drop of more than 8.5 percent from his […]

Focus Taiwan: Controversial KMT legislator-at-large elect vows loyalty

Taipei, Jan. 15 (CNA) Controversial Kuomintang (KMT) legislator-at-large elect Wu Sz-huai (吳斯懷), pledged that he would be willing to spend the rest of his life in jail if he is found to have leaked information to China after entering the Legislature. “If that happens, put me behind bars until I die,” he said Tuesday in […]