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Preparing for Taiwan Elections


In two years, Taiwan will have another presidential election. Washington will watch with trepidation, knowing the potential for a cross-strait crisis but careful of taking action that might influence the democratic process. The opposition party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), will be lead into the election by Tsai Ing-wen, who also was the party’s losing candidate in the last presidential election. This week’s documentary is the May debate between Tsai and Kuo Tai-lin and should serve to illuminate some of her views. Given that Tsai trounced her opponent in the DPP’s chairperson election and could very well be the DPP’s next presidential candidate, her views should become familiar to those concerned about China policy than they were two years ago.

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