China Policy Institute Blog

Taiwan: A Great Choosing Day is Coming

Written by John Keane. For democrats, made in Taiwan is a seductive brand with definite global appeal. ‘Through the promotion of its democratic ideals’, says a stylishly confident pamphlet published recently by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ‘Taiwan has managed to build a significant amount of soft power around the world.’ The truth buried in …

External anxieties, internal self-reflection: The CPV regime’s confidence vote

Written by Huong Le Thu. A deficit of trust seems to be a common problem both on a regional and country-to-country level in East Asia. Within many Asian nations, society’s trust in governments is undergoing serious challenges. Protests have spread across the region: in Thailand months of protests finished with a military coup; in Taiwan …

Taiwan’s 9-in-1 Contest: Is it a “Midterm Election”?

Written by Shelley Rigger. Barack Obama and Ma Ying-jeou were both elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. Today, both face intractable problems and waning popularity – and two more years in office. They must also manage the results of nation-wide elections held in November 2014, halfway through their second terms. It is not surprising …

The Return of Politics Outside the State

Written by Igor Rogelja. Taiwan is gearing up for its first post-Sunflower movement elections and many observers are considering the impact of the movement on voting and the longer term political environment. While the daily grind of the democratic process may be infused with some fresh faces and ideas (not to mention fears), I suggest …

A Dark Horse Rises? Ko Wen-jer’s campaign for Taipei Mayor

Written by Ben Goren and Li Ying-hsuan. A common theme running through many articles, including my own, about the forthcoming elections in Taiwan, and Taipei in particular, has been the sheer ineptitude of Sean Lien’s campaign for Mayor of Taipei. This is perfectly understandable in light of the fact that Lien’s campaign has delivered priceless …

The battle for third place: Prospects for Taiwan’s small parties in local elections

Written by Dafydd Fell. On November 29 Taiwan will hold its Nine in One Local Elections. This refers to the nine different types of elections that range from special municipality mayors such as for Taipei City down to village and neighbourhood chiefs at the grassroots level. These elections are extremely important for a number of …

Signs of nationalist realignment in the race for Taipei

Written by Ek-hong Ljavakaw Sia. The race for Taipei mayor has attracted the most attention among voters both inside and outside of the capital. A crucial but often hidden reason is that the election for Taipei City mayor has become a key battleground in the fight between Chinese and Taiwanese nationalisms. Unlike most Western democracies, the …

1914, Air Sea Battle, and Sino-American Security Relations: Advantage Offense!

Written by Gregory Moore. This fall, as I taught my “Introduction to International Relations” course in which we discussed the start of World War One as case, and in the midst of many interesting revisitations of the centenary anniversary of the start of WWI in the international media, a very chilling realization came to me …

China’s ‘Malacca Dilemma’ and the future of the PLA

Written by Malcolm Davis. The life-blood of China’s economy is energy. Without access to energy resources, China’s economy will slow, and its prosperity will wane, it will become more vulnerable to internal social and political disorder and the CCP’s grip on power will weaken.[1] Therefore, ensuring China’s energy security affects its foreign and defence policy, …