Behind the Democratic Progressive Party’s convincing 2020 win (East Asia Forum)

On 11 January 2020, incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won a record-high number of votes and the majority of seats in Taiwan’s general election.

Authors: Fang-Yu Chen, Michigan State University, Austin Wang, University of Nevada, Charles K S Wu, Purdue University and Yao-Yuan Yeh, University of St Thomas

China’s Policies Toward Hong Kong and Taiwan Are Driving a Slow-Motion Catastrophe (World Politics Review)

In order to understand the mounting tensions in both Taiwan and Hong Kong over their relationships with mainland China, one must abandon the usual time frames of weeks, months or at most a handful of years and instead imagine the scenarios that open up over decades—five decades, to be precise. Over the next 50 years, interlocking dreams and nightmares will hang even more heavily over Taiwan, which Beijing considers a breakaway province, and Hong Kong, over which Beijing wants to assert more direct control, with possibly tragic outcomes.

Showdown unlikely in Tsai’s 2nd term: expert (Global Times)

Taiwan regional election concluded Saturday with Tsai Ing-wen being re-elected the leader of the island. How should Beijing ensure the “one-China” principle is upheld and continue to hold the initiative in guiding cross-Straits relations? The Global Times (GT) invited mainland expert Wang Zaixi (Wang), former deputy director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, and Douglas Paal (Paal), vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace of the US, to comment on these issues.


Taiwan: Tsai Ing-wen’s battle to discipline the DPP (The Interpreter)

Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lost November’s elections in a landslide due to President Tsai Ing-wen’s failure to control her own party. The defeat was followed by questionsabout who will lead the DPP into the presidential elections in 2020.

Charlie Lyons Jones

Will Solomon Islands abandon Taiwan? (The Interpreter)

Over the last couple of years Taiwan has been steadily haemorrhaging diplomatic allies. Countries from Africa, Central America and the Caribbean have switched allegiance to Beijing, leaving just 17 countries maintaining formal relations with Taipei. The largest bloc of such countries is in the Pacific, comprising Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

James Batley