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Taiwan’s Election: What Happened and What’s Next?
Three out of every four voters in Taiwan went to the polls on Saturday, January 11. The USC U.S.-China Institute is hosting a video conference looking at what the key issues were in the election and what the election means for Taiwan domestic policies, for cross-strait relations, and for U.S.-Taiwan relations.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen received a record 8.2 million votes, winning reelection with 57% of the ballots. Her Chinese Nationalist (Kuomintang) rival, Han Kuo-yu, received 39% of the vote. Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party won 61 of the 113 seats in the legislature. The Kuomintang won 38 seats. Several small parties and independent also won seats. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement congratulating Tsai on her victory and “Taiwan for once again demonstrating the strength of its robust democratic system.” Xinhua, China’s state news agency described Tsai’s election as “a temporary counter-current.” Xinhua blamed DPP cheating and said “anti-China political forces in the West openly intervened” and supported Tsai to contain China.

Our roundtable discussion will include:

Shelley Rigger, Davidson College
Currently a Fulbright Scholar based in Taipei and Shanghai, Rigger is especially well-known for her book, Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse.

Tom Hollihan, USC
Hollihan heads the USC Annenberg School doctoral program and observed the Taiwan election as a member of a Ministry of Foreign Affairs delegation.

Daniel Lynch, City University of Hong Kong
Lynch taught international relations at USC for two decades before moving to Hong Kong where he teaches international relations and Chinese politics.

Ray Wang, National Chengchi University
Wang works as an Associate Professor at National Chengchi University, Taiwan. Ray’s major research interests focus on human rights, religious freedom, and transnational advocacy networks.

Moderator: Clayton Dube, USC
Dube directs the USC U.S.-China Institute.

Jan 15, 2020 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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