It won’t be just America that faces a heated and high-stakes election in 2020, the small country of Taiwan is also at political cross-roads and its future could hang in the balance.
To look back, just over two years ago, the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won a major victory in both the presidential and the legislative elections over the Nationalist Party or Kuomintang (KMT) in Taiwan.
KMT’s pro-China approach was thoroughly rejected by voters.
However, recent elections saw a serious shift back in opinions toward the KMT’s favor, delivering a severe blow to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.
In a recent Financial Times piece, added her perspective.
“Elizabeth Freund Larus, a Taiwan expert at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia, said China would probably seek to capitalize on a series of DPP losses in local elections in November to sow discontent among Taiwanese and boost support for the China-friendly opposition party, the Kuomintang, ahead of the 2020 presidential election. “China’s leaders are like sharks in the water: they smell blood,” she said.” Taiwan seeks to bolster international support after China threats (Financial Times)
So, what lies ahead for Taiwan?
- Will China meddle or push for KMT support?
- Can it be stopped?
- Will there be international support against Chinese interference?
- How will China react?
- And is this a political hot potato that could play into the upcoming US primaries and elections?
There’s a lot out there that just not known, and that’s where our experts can help.
Elizabeth Larus is a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington and is an #expert on China and the field of Asian studies. She is available to speak to media regarding this topic – simply click on her icon to arrange an interview.
Elizabeth Larus Professor, Political Science
Dr. Larus is an expert in the politics of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong