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Mar 12

Looking Ahead to Taiwan's Presidential Election

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium


Taiwan's voters will go to the polls on March 22nd to elect a new president, with Chen Shui-bian going into retirement.  The Chinese National Party, the Kuomintang or KMT, which had been in power from 1949, when Chiang Kai-shek fled to the island, to 2000 when Chen was first elected, has nominated Ma Ying-jeou, the former mayor of Taipei.  The Democratic Progressive Party, or DPP, currently the ruling party, has nominated Frank Hsieh Chang-ting, the former mayor of Kaohsiung, the island's second city.  Each candidate has called for a less confrontational relationship with China, and for improved relations with the United States.  But strong differences persist, particularly on the issue of fostering a Taiwanese identity separate from China.


Join us as three experts with long experience in Taiwan politics discuss the differences, the shape of the race, and its effect on U.S. interests.

More About the Speakers

Vincent Wang
Associate Professor and Chair of the
Department of Political Science,
University of Richmond

Shelley Rigger
Brown Associate Professor of East Asian Politics,
Department of Political Science,
Davidson College

Stephen Yates
Senior Fellow in Asia Studies,
American Foreign Policy Council

Hosted By

Harvey Feldman Harvey Feldman

Distinguished Fellow in China Policy Read More