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Taiwan Elections 2024 Explained: What to Expect?

January 13th was a celebration of democracy in Taiwan. The small island country, which emerged in the 1990s from authoritarian rule (having experienced one of the longest periods of martial law in the world), held joint presidential and parliamentary elections. The current ruling party maintained the presidency; however, the new president will face a hung… Continue reading Taiwan Elections 2024 Explained: What to Expect?

Balancing and partnering – Why we should pay attention to Taiwan’s vice-presidential candidates

Last November, adding further suspense to Taiwan’s gripping election campaigns, presidential candidates presented their running mates and registered as pairs with the national election authorities. The presidential candidates based their choices on very different considerations. Presidential front-runner Lai Ching-te (賴清德), from the incumbent Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was the first to reveal what many had… Continue reading Balancing and partnering – Why we should pay attention to Taiwan’s vice-presidential candidates

Is This the End of Ideology in Taiwanese Politics?

Ideology does not guide the 2024 presidential candidates’ policies on cross-strait and international relations. Yet party dynamics will inform how candidates would manage these relations if victorious. In Taiwan, three political parties have sent their aspirants into the race for the country’s top political job, the presidency. A fourth hopeful has promised he will meet… Continue reading Is This the End of Ideology in Taiwanese Politics?

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