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.