Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 台灣時事 10.21.2019 Pilot 19

Hosts Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) are back after a three week hiatus, with a surprisingly short show considering the amount to talk about. Starting off this time with some takeaways from a speech given by Dr. Shelley Rigger on Taiwan-US relations. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s new Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) aims to block the pan-greens and pan-blues the ability to form a majority in the legislature. Can they get the seats? Who will the People’s First Party run as their presidential candidate: The top contenders are given a look at. KMT presidential nominee and Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu is continuing to wither in the polls, with the latest Apple Daily poll putting President Tsai up by 16 points…with Han garnering only 22%…and the big growth is in those choosing “neither”. In foreign affairs, a state-owned Chinese firm has reportedly inked a deal with a local government to lease a deep-water port in the Solomon Islands, which if the deal goes ahead could have serious repercussions in the Pacific.

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