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Clayton Dube on the 2012 Taiwan Election: Process, Outcomes, and Implications

Video of a presentation at the USC U.S.-China Institute symposium on Taiwan's Jan. 14, 2012 election.

February 13, 2012

Clayton Dube gave two short presentations. In the first, he noted how important an issue the U.S.-Taiwan relationship had been in earlier American elections. For example, in November 1958, Chinese leader Mao Zedong ordered heavy shelling of Jinmen in an attempt to influence the congressional election (see Talking Points, Nov. 4, 2011 for details). In 1960, support for Taiwan (called Formosa) dominated the presidential debates between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Dube discussed how different the Taiwan-China relationship is today from fifty years and American attitudes toward regional security.

In the second presentation (included in the same video below), Dube compared the results of the 2012 presidential election with that of 2008. He looked at the key issues in the campaign, highlighted advertising efforts and campaign strategies, and included images from Ma Ying-jeou, Tsai Ing-wen, and James Soong rallies. Dube also discussed the process of voting and vote-counting and ended with a review of some of the questions for Taiwan-China ties and U.S.-China relations raised by the results.


Clayton Dube (杜克雷) has headed the USC U.S.-China Institute (南加州大学美中学院) since it was established in 2006. Dube was previously the UCLA Asia Institute’s Assistant Director. 

The two presentations are combined in the video below. They were given on January 20, 2012 at USC. Please click on the play button below to watch it..


This video is also available on the USCI YouTube Channel.

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