Elections are Over; Now What?

17 Jan

http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aIPL&ID=201201150037

The link covers editorials on major Taiwanese daily newspapers. Here is an excerpt as to why the candidate I voted for did not win. = =

 

As China has learned to hunker down but design more delicate ways to influence Taiwan’s elections, the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) successful cooperation with the Kuomintang (KMT) has achieved its goal — the re-election of a pro-China leader in Taiwan.

Joseph Wu, a former representative to the United States, said this time around China had more bargaining chips than in the previous Taiwan elections.

One such chip was to coerce airlines to increase flights to transport Taiwanese businesspeople in China to return to Taiwan for the vote.

China also worked in other ways to affect the impression of China among Taiwanese voters, creating an impression that without KMT-CPC cooperation, there could be no peace across the Taiwan Strait.

Now that Ma’s KMT has won both the executive and the legislative branches of the government with the help of the CPC, Ma must “return” the favor when Beijing demands cross-strait talks over political issues.

The possible results will be talks on or even the signing of a peace pact between Taiwan and China. At minimum will be the launch of such talks. Otherwise, China may simply cut off economic exchanges and working-level talks between the two sides.

And through the various channels of communications between the two sides of the strait, a rich Beijing will be able to cultivate many “agents” in different sectors of Taiwan’s society.”

 

Further reading: https://twyankeesfan.wordpress.com/2012/01/14/the-presidential-election/

 

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