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Taiwan’s shifting political landscape and the politics of the 2016 elections

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Taiwan’s shifting political landscape and the politics of the 2016 elections

Recent events in Taiwan, including the Sunflower Movement and the November 29 municipal elections in 2014, indicate changes in Taiwan’s political landscape. Political parties and candidates will have to adjust to changing public opinion and political trends as the January 2016 presidential and legislative elections approach. The two main parties, the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), face both opportunities and challenges in disseminating their messages and garnering public support. The strategies that each party develops in order to capture the necessary votes and seats will be critical. 

On April 22, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings and Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies co-hosted a public forum to identify and analyze the politics behind the 2016 elections in Taiwan. Leading experts from Taiwan and the United States assessed the new forces and phenomena within Taiwan politics; how the election system itself may contribute to election outcomes, especially for the Legislative Yuan; and how the major parties must respond to emerging trends.

 

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Agenda

Panel 1: Political trends in Taiwan

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Christopher K. Johnson

Senior Adviser and Freeman Chair in China Studies - Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Lin Kuo-ming

Associate Professor, Department and Graduate Institute of Sociology - National Taiwan University

Introduction

Panel 2: Outlook for the DPP and KMT

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