Le Monde wrote:
https://www.lemonde.fr/en/international ... 946_4.html
It was a stinging defeat for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and the president of Taiwan took note of it: After the announcement of the results on the evening of Saturday, November 26, Tsai Ing-wen resigned from the presidency of the party, although she remains at the head of the country. The DPP, which has governed the island for six years and has a comfortable majority in Parliament, appears to be losing power. The president's strategy, based on linking this local election to national and international issues, has failed: Tsai Ing-wen had described the election as a test to demonstrate "Taiwan's resilience and determination to defend freedom and democracy" in the face of threats from Beijing. Voters were also asked to vote in a referendum on lowering the legal voting age from 20 to 18, a proposal that did not receive enough votes to pass.
The DPP won only five of the cities and counties in the archipelago of 23 million people, its worst performance since its founding in 1986. For its part, the Kuomintang (KMT) won 13 seats, including those in the capital, Taipei, and Taoyuan, another major city in the north of the country. "The election results are not what we expected. [...] I take full responsibility for it and I immediately resign as chair of the Democratic Progressive Party," Tsai Ing-wen told reporters on Saturday.
Global Taiwan wrote:Domestic politics will consume much of the national agenda in Taiwan in 2023. In January 2024, the island democracy will hold its presidential and legislative elections, which will determine which leader and political party will steer the course of the country’s politics and foreign relations for the next four years. The leader—as well as the party—that wins these consequential races will shape the nation’s policy and play a major role in guiding cross-Strait relations, which in turn could have profound regional and global implications. What are the factors that will influence the outcomes in 2024? Moreover, what are the underlying political attitudes that will determine which leader and party will prevail in 2024?
Although these polls should be viewed as having only marginal predictive value in terms of who will ultimately win the presidential race in 2024, what they do show is that there is no clear front runner among the possible candidates at this time. Moreover, they demonstrate that if the presidential election were to be held tomorrow, the candidate that the KMT chooses could make a significant difference in the party’s chances. For instance, according to these polling figures alone, the party’s decision between Eric Chu and Hou You-yi could potentially make the difference of the party winning or losing in 2024.
KMT performing well in pre-election polls. KMT advocates for peaceful coexistence with China.
Al Jazeera wrote:China welcomes former Taiwan president’s plan to visit
Ma Ying-jeou will become the first former or current leader of Taiwan to visit China since 1949.
Beijing has welcomed a plan by former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou of the self-ruled island’s main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party to visit China.
A Chinese government spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office said officials will provide Ma with any assistance he needs, the state-run Global Times reported on Tuesday. Ma, who led the self-ruled island from 2008 to 2016, plans to visit China from March 27 until April 7, becoming the first former Taiwan leader to visit China since the nationalist government moved to Taipei at the end of the civil war in 1949.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/3/2 ... n-to-visit
The Diplomat wrote:Former Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou visited China late last month, where he met with Song Tao, the director of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In Nanjing, Ma said that Sun Yat-sen’s ideals have been realized in China and Taiwan, while in Wuhan, he proclaimed that Wuhan’s COVID-19 measures have contributed to humanity.
https://thediplomat.com/2023/04/cross-s ... -to-china/
focus taiwan wrote:Shanghai, Feb. 13 (CNA) Opposition Kuomintang Vice Chairman Andrew Hsia (夏立言), who is leading a delegation on a visit to China, said Monday in Shanghai that the delegation had achieved the three main goals of its trip and expected more such exchanges in the future.
The three main purposes of the trip were to look after the needs of Taiwanese based in China, convey the problems Chinese regulations have caused SMEs in Taiwan to relevant authorities, and get to know the new Chinese officials in charge of Taiwan affairs, the KMT has said.
This was Andrew Hsia's second trip to China in the last year. Approximately half of all Taiwanese foreign workers work and live in China.
The KMT is offering voters a return to the detente of the early 21st century; many Taiwanese are expressing frustration at being used as toy by the American security apparatus, and see themselves as sacrificial lambs in the dispute. Taiwan recently refused an American proposal to destroy fab centers in the event of a conflict with China, with the Taiwanese Foreign Minister vowing that Taiwan would defend itself from the US.
Tom's Hardware wrote:On Monday, Taiwan’s Minister for National Defense, Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正), made a statement about the nation’s territorial integrity. According to the Taiwan News, the Taiwanese minister said that the island’s armed forces would not tolerate any U.S. attempts to destroy TSMC in the event of a war with China. Normally the war of words is heated where Taiwan and China are concerned, but Taiwan and the U.S. are besties, so what is going on?
On the topic of U.S. chip policy and China, Moulton recently told political conference-goers that "the U.S. should make it very clear to the Chinese that if you invade Taiwan, we're going to blow up TSMC.” Openly talking about these policies seems to be frowned upon in Taiwan, as made clear by the Defense Minister Chiu’s statement in response to Taiwan media questioning on Monday.
https://www.tomshardware.com/news/taiwa ... -china-war
I am optimistic that a KMT-TPP victory in 2024 would lead to better cross-strait communication and a de-escalation in cross-strait tensions, something that would be welcomed by both Taiwanese and Chinese, as well as the wider Asian region, even as its criticized in some American circles.