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Video: Post-mortem on Taiwan’s 2020 Election
The USC U.S.-China Institute hosted a video conference looking at what the key issues were in the election and what the election means for Taiwan domestic policies, for cross-strait relations, and for U.S.-Taiwan relations.
Three out of every four voters in Taiwan went to the polls on January 11, 2020. Four panelists looked at what the key issues were in the election and what the election means for Taiwan domestic policies, for cross-strait relations, and for U.S.-Taiwan relations.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen received a record 8.2 million votes, winning reelection with 57% of the ballots. Her Chinese Nationalist (Kuomintang) rival, Han Kuo-yu, received 39% of the vote. Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party won 61 of the 113 seats in the legislature. The Kuomintang won 38 seats. Several small parties and independent also won seats. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement congratulating Tsai on her victory and “Taiwan for once again demonstrating the strength of its robust democratic system.” Xinhua, China’s state news agency described Tsai’s election as “a temporary counter-current.” Xinhua blamed DPP cheating and said “anti-China political forces in the West openly intervened” and supported Tsai to contain China.
The discussion was moderated by Clayton Dube, the director of the USC U.S.-China Institute. Panelists included:
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