Harsh treatment of thousands of government protesters in 2014 could have affected the election (photo: dpa)

A changed political landscape in Taiwan

How far can the ruling party in Taiwan, the KMT, go in getting closer to China without being wiped out in elections. Results from the November 2014 elections resulted in the best electoral outcome to date for the opposition. This changed the political landscape in Taiwan and throws open the 2016 presidential election and its impact on China-Taiwan relations, writes GIS guest expert Dr Nicola Casarini, Senior Fellow for Asia, Institute for International Affairs, Rome, and Global Fellow, Wilson Centre, Washington DC.

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Dr. Nicola Casarini
Support for independence is also higher among younger generations, with 79.1 per cent of 20 to 29 year-olds supporting an independent Taiwan with only 12.7 per cent in favour of unification with China
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