Politics in Taiwan: Key Elections Amid Political Turmoil
Recorded on December 11, 2006
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
President Chen Shiu-bian's wife will soon be tried for
corruption, and he himself is threatened with indictment upon
leaving office. Meanwhile, his principal political opponent, KMT
Party Chairman Ma Ying-jeou is under investigation for mishandling
public funds. Amid these rolling scandals, on December 9th Taiwan's
two largest cities, Taipei and Kaohsiung will elect new mayors. A
loss for Chen's Democratic Progressive Party in Kaohsiung, normally
one of its strongholds, would have enormous repercussions.
Similarly, if the KMT fails to win big in Taipei, that could
severely damage Ma's position as Party Chairman and presumptive
presidential candidate in 2008.
Join us as our panel of experts will discuss the results of
these key elections and their implications for Taiwan's politics
and America's relations with the island republic.