Taiwan Electorate Appears Certain to Reject Beijing’s advances

Taiwan Electorate Appears Certain to Reject Beijing’s advancesOn Jan 16, history appears to be in the making in Taiwan as citizens go to the polls to elect their president. Tsai Ing-wen, female candidate of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has consistently maintained a substantial lead over two rival candidates and seems dead certain to be Taiwan’s first woman president. Pessimists say relations…

Taiwan: Political Predicament for the KMT, Dilemma for the DPP

Taiwan: Political Predicament for the KMT, Dilemma for the DPPWith the first-ever meeting in Singapore on Nov. 7 between the leaders of the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China now a month old, the dust has settled enough to seek to assess its impact. The popular result was depressingly predictable for the flailing Kuomintang, the current ruling party. Recent polls show…

Xi-Ma Meeting to Bolster China’s Territorial Claims

Xi-Ma Meeting to Bolster China’s Territorial ClaimsThe widespread feeling in Taipei is that the unprecedented Singapore meeting on Nov. 7 between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou may be an election ploy that won’t have much effect saving the disastrous election campaign of the flagging Kuomintang Party for the Jan. 16,2016 polls. But it may be more important…

Taiwanese Election: Referendum on the Mainland

Taiwanese Election: Referendum on the MainlandWith little more than three months until Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections, the ruling Kuomintang’s leaders are still bickering and debating over whether they made the right choice last June in selecting Hung Hsiu-chu, the acerbic vice-president of the Legislative Yuan and party deputy secretary-general, as their candidate. Strong rumors continue to circulate in Taiwan…

Taiwan’s Presidency: Twilight for the Kuomintang?

Taiwan’s Presidency: Twilight for the Kuomintang?In the changing world of politics, 20 nations – about 10 percent of the world –have overcome gender bias and elected females as their leaders. In January 2016, if all goes according to form, Taiwan will join that select club. The nation’s two main presidential contenders are women. The key words in this of course…

Taiwan Heads for Election Season

Taiwan Heads for Election SeasonChina’s roiling the waters with its territorial claims in the East and South China Seas can be expected to make Taiwan’s January elections all the more important for the region. Given its location between the two seas, Taiwan will need a leader capable of balancing many demands.  It was the Kuomintang, under Chiang Kai-shek, that…

Taiwan Midterm Polls a Toss-Up

Taiwan Midterm Polls a Toss-UpOn Nov. 29, Taiwan’s 18 million voters will go to the polls for local elections, with pollsters and bookmakers differing on who’s in the lead and, as always, with the possibility that an unforeseen occurrence – such as a shooting or some other black swan event – will swing the polls. The races in the…

China-Taiwan Relations Turning Sour

China-Taiwan Relations Turning SourIf indeed there had ever been a “Chiwan” on the horizon – a tighter relationship between China and Taiwan – it is fast receding, with Taipei affronting Beijing on almost weekly intervals, lately at least partly because of China’s unbending opposition to universal suffrage in Hong Kong. In August, President Ma Ying-jeou of the previously…

Taiwan’s Sunflower Occupation

Taiwan’s Sunflower OccupationThe students who have taken over Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan to fight a yet to-be ratified service trade agreement with China in what has come to be called the “sunflower occupation” have to be shaking up the councils in Beijing. The students’ activism in Taiwan has touched off an island-wide reaction against closer ties with China,…
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