Taiwan votes: A look at the 2024 elections

Experts discuss the impact on regional stability and international relations.

Open event, Panel Recording
10 January 2024 — 12:00PM TO 1:00PM

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Panellists discuss the importance of China relations in the election campaign, compared to bread-and-butter domestic issues.

The 2024 Taiwanese elections, set for January 13th, represent a critical juncture in defining Taiwan’s political trajectory.

With incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen constitutionally precluded from a third term, the electoral contest has once again put the focus on the future Taiwan’s relationship with China, which claims the self-governing island is part of its territory. The front-runner is Lai Ching-te from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, who argues that Taiwan is already a sovereign nation.

He is facing off against Hou Yu-ih from the Kuomintang and Ko Wen-je, from the new Taiwan People’s Party, both of whom favour a more conciliatory approach to Beijing. The electoral outcome will have profound implications for Taiwan’s domestic policy framework and its strategic positioning within the broader context of US-China relations.

The panel will discuss key questions including:

  • How are the three candidates addressing the key challenges represented by a more assertive China?
  • How important has the relationship with China been in the election campaign, compared to bread-and-butter domestic issues?
  • What are the main concerns of Taiwanese voters?
  • What role has Beijing sought to play in the election campaign and what impact has it had?
  • How might Taiwan’s future and the broader geopolitical landscape be impacted by the outcome of the election?

 As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.