European Institute for Asian Studies
International Expert Discussion and Conference: Taiwan after the 2020 Elections - Post-Election Scenarios
  • Start09:00 AM - Jan 21 2020
  • End02:00 PM - Jan 21 2020
  • Asia Platform, Rue de la Loi 26, 10th Floor, 1040 Brussels
  • +32 2 230 81 22
  • eias@eias.org

On 11 January 2020 Taiwan will hold its fifteenth Presidential election and its tenth Parliamentary election. It is the seventh time people can directly elect a President. The three main candidates in the running are current President Tsai Ing-Wen for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP); Han Kuo-yu – the present Kaohsiung Mayor – for the Kuomintang (KMT); and James Soong of the People First Party (PFP). While the DPP and the KMT are still dominated by the pro-unification versus pro-independence debate, new contesters are emerging, shaking the political landscape. Contesting for re-election, current DPP President Tsai Ing-Wen is a pro-Washington candidate, attracting popular consent for her status-quo position. Yet, less successful domestic policies have caused her popularity to decline. KMT candidate Han Kuo-yu is an anti-elite politician with pro-Beijing leanings. While benefiting from Tsai’s declining popularity among the electorate, he will need to broaden his base significantly in order to win, especially with James Soong challenging him. With the economy slowing down and relations with Mainland China at their worst for decades, many (young) voters are dissatisfied with the old established elite and may seek appealing alternatives, particularly in the Parliamentary elections.

 

With Taiwan citizens invited to express their preference at the ballot box in only a couple of days, the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) cordially invites you to an International Expert Discussion and Conference on the outcomes of Taiwan’s elections on 21 January 2020. The event will provide an analysis of the election results and shed light on their significance for the island’s domestic political landscape and regional approach.

 

 

Programme:

 

8:30 – 9:00: Registration and welcome coffee


9:00 – 9:15: Welcoming Remarks by Dr Harry TSENG, Taipei Representative to the EU and Belgium


9:15 – 10:45: Session I: The Taiwan Elections Results under the loop

Moderator: Lin GOETHALS, Programme Director, European Institute for Asian Studies

I-Chung LAI, President, Prospect Foundation, Taipei

Christopher HUGHES, Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, London

Gudrun WACKER, Senior Fellow, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin


10:45 – 11:00: Coffee Break


11:00 – 12:30: Session II: Regional Balances in East Asia after the 2020 Taiwan Elections

Moderator: Xavier NUTTIN, Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies

Julie Yu-Wen CHEN, Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Helsinki, Helsinki

Philip SAUNDERS, Director, Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University, Washington D.C.

Maaike OKANO-HEIJMANS, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute, The Hague


12:30 – 14:00: Networking Lunch

 

 

You can download the bios of the speakers here

 

Our speaker Julie Chen, Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Helsinki and Senior Research Fellow Jyrki Kallio from the Global Security research programme at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs have published a Comment examining the implications of Taiwan’s election held on 11 January.

You can read and download the publication on the FIIA website: https://www.fiia.fi/en/publication/taiwans-2020-election-and-its-implications

 

 

Photo Credits: Taiwan Today


On 11 January 2020 Taiwan will hold its fifteenth Presidential election and its tenth Parliamentary election. It is the seventh time people can directly elect a President. The three main candidates in the running are current President Tsai Ing-Wen for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP); Han Kuo-yu – the present Kaohsiung Mayor – for the […]



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