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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

New Party Chair of Taiwan’s DPP on Everyone’s Lips: William Lai and the Strategic Triangle of Taiwan, China, and the US

William Lai’s appointment as the presumptive presidential candidate is contested at the party base; Washington has reservations and is worried; Beijing remains underwhelmed and positions its players. On January 15th, six weeks after President Tsai Ing-wen’s official resignation from her position as chairperson of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), incumbent vice-president William Lai (Lai… Continue reading New Party Chair of Taiwan’s DPP on Everyone’s Lips: William Lai and the Strategic Triangle of Taiwan, China, and the US

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