On Saturday January 16, Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won an unprecedented victory in the island's elections, with voters electing both the DPP's presidential candidate - Tsai Ing-wen - and, for the first time ever, an absolute majority in the Legislative Yuan.
Below, faculty at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies provide their analysis of how Taiwan's election may effect cross-strait relations, regional stability, and Taiwan's future as a democratic state. Full articles can be read on our blog.
Like many college professors, every fall I enjoy reading the latest edition of Beloit College’s “Mindset List,” which offers a benchmark for what the incoming freshmen have and have not experienced. For the Class of 2019, the Daily Show has always been a leading source of news; Bill Gates has always been the wealthiest man in the U.S., and women have always played professional basketball. China doesn’t usually make the list, but it’s interesting to think about what a China version of the “Mindset List” might look like. For the Class of 2019, Hong Kong has always been part of China; … Read more about A Word from Director Michael A. Szonyi
On Saturday November 7, 2015 the Presidents of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, and the Republic of China, Ma Ying-Jeou, will meet face-to-face. This historic and symbolic moment marks the first meeting between sitting leaders of the Mainland and Taiwan in over 60 years.