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Taiwan will hold presidential and legislative elections on January 16, 2016. Opinion polls show the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is set to win. If it does, writes GIS guest expert Dr. Nicola Casarini, it will be the culmination of a trend that began with local elections in November 2014 when the country’s ruling party, the Kuomintang (KMT), suffered one of it...
Dr. Nicola Casarini
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...
Eighty miles of water separates China from Taiwan, which has managed to remain independent from its superpower neighbour for more than 60 years. Beijing’s recent pronouncement about Hong Kong’s elections comes as Taiwan prepares for two years of highly competitive polling. Taiwan is a major arms buyer, and with the US sidelining its requests for more weapons, it ma...
Dr. James Jay Carafano
The triple disaster which struck Japan in March 2011 produced a wave of sympathy from its near neighbour, Taiwan, which shares many of the same potential dangers of the area – earthquakes, typhoons and tsunami. In the third and final article in the series on the emergence of a new order of the geopolitical landscape of East Asia, we look at how this catastrophic e...
Dr. Stefan Lippert