Recognising the Republic of China


Author: Yu-Hua Chen, ANU

Since the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won a landslide victory in presidential and congressional elections earlier this year, many experts have expressed anxiety about the future of cross-Strait relations. There are widespread concerns about whether the new government, led by Tsai Ing-wen, will try to adopt certain symbols of Taiwanese independence. Read more…

Taiwan ready to join the world’s democratic powers

Supporters of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party, DPP, presidential candidate, Tsai Ing-wen, cheer as she declares victory in the presidential election in Taipei, Taiwan, 16 January 2016.

Author: J Bruce Jacobs, Monash University

Consolidated democracies in Asia are rare. India and Japan democratised after World War II, and Taiwan and South Korea did so from the late 1980s. Countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines and Mongolia have made important first steps but democracy remains fragile. Read more…

Taiwan’s energy conundrum

Thousands fill Ketagalan Boulevard in Taipei, Taiwan on March 14, 2015 as they rally against nuclear power in their country. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Paul Pryce, UPH Analytics

The newly elected Taiwanese government led by President Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will be faced with significant challenges in energy policy. Most urgently, viable replacements for Taiwan’s ageing fleet of nuclear reactors must be found.

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Whither cross-Strait relations?

Taiwan opposition leader and president-elect Tsai Ing-wen, speaks after receiving the certificate from Central Election Commission being elected as President, in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo: AAP)

Authors: Hoo Tiang Boon and James Char, RSIS

What does the victory of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwan’s presidential election mean for cross-Strait relations? Today’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is a considerably different political animal to former president Chen Shui-bian’s DPP. Read more…

Tsai’s diplomatic dilemmas

In this photo taken Jan. 16, 2016, Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party, DPP, presidential candidate, Tsai Ing-wen, waves as she declares victory in the presidential election in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Kwei-Bo Huang, National Chengchi University

After a historic, overwhelming election victory on 16 January, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led by Tsai Ing-wen will dominate Taiwan’s executive and legislative branches starting on 20 May.

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Taiwan’s premier question

Motorist drive past campaign banner of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen, on the eve of 2016 presidential election in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Chen-shen Yen, National Chengchi University

On 16 January, Taiwan will go to the polls to elect members of parliament and a new president. With three major presidential candidates competing for the highest office and 18 parties vying for seats in the parliament, the election may result in a unified or a divided government.

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Crumbling KMT opens the door for DPP government

Tsai Ing-wen, presidential candidate of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party, is stumping for her campaign in Taipei, Taiwan, 13 January 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Fu-Kuo Liu, National Chengchi University

Taiwan’s general elections are scheduled for 16 January 2016, but their outcome has been obvious for some time. While the new president and makeup of the Legislative Yuan will surprise few, the elections will have profound implications for regional security and cross-Strait relations. Read more…