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(Opinion) Will Taiwan Vote Sway Cross-Straits Peace?

2016-01-11 08:52:38       source:Global Times

January 11, 2016


"Taiwan's general elections will be held on Saturday this week. Polls over the weekend still showed Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Tsai Ing-wen was in an advantageous position. Tsai's main opponent, Eric Chu of the Kuomintang (KMT), is trailing by about 20 points in most polls. Some analysts in Taiwan hold that Tsai will be elected without any suspense while the KMT should undertake to narrow the gap with Tsai and strive for the most seats it can get in the Legislative Yuan. Whether these analyses are reliable will be soon to tell.


The general elections in Taiwan are an internal affair; however, it could exert a profound influence on the region. It adds uncertainties to Taiwan's mainland policy as well as the situation across the Straits. Taiwanese society will suffer the most if peace across the Straits is overturned. The origin of the uncertainty lies in Taiwan itself."


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