Lai Ching-te

Mere Days After the Inauguration, China Launches Military Drills Around Taiwan to Depict Lai as Provocative

China has again launched a set of military exercises around Taiwan. The drills take place around the north, east, and south of Taiwan, in the Taiwan Straits, and around outlying islands of Taiwan and are titled “Joint Sword,” signifying that these drills are following up from Chinese military drills in April 2023...

What Do Some Clamor for Removing the DPP Party Charter’s Independence Clause Ahead of the Inauguration?

Ahead of Lai Ching-te's presidential inauguration later this month, there have been some calls in DC for the DPP to remove its independence clause in the party charter. While the DPP already de facto froze the charter in 1999, ahead of Chen Shui-bian becoming president as the first non-KMT president in Taiwanese history through the adoption of the Resolution on Taiwan’s Future, for some this is not enough and the DPP should more firmly commit to a non-independence stance by removing the independence clause in the charter...

What Does the Election Mean for Taiwan’s Engagement with the Asia Pacfic Region?

Now that the election results are in, the period of intense suspense and electoral speculation has concluded. The issue of cross-strait relations remains unresolved, as the People’s Republic of China (PRC) insists that the Republic of China (ROC), often known as Taiwan, is a separatist province of the mainland and aims for reunification. For the first time in history, Taiwan has re-elected the same political party to govern the democratic island for a third consecutive term. The election of Lai Ching-te on Saturday signifies a strong counter to the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) forceful stance and intimidation tactics towards the island. The primary challenge now is how Lai’s new government will maintain its relations with Beijing and navigate the complex triangular dynamics of the US, China, and Taiwan...

Labor Groups Push the Government on Policy, Ahead of the Lai Inauguration

A number of union groups demonstrated last week to call for inclusion in talks over the new incoming government’s labor policy. This included among Taiwan’s largest coalitions of organized labor groups. The demonstration was fronted by the Taiwan Confederation of Trade Unions, which protested alongside the Kaohsiung City Confederation of Trade Unions, National Federation of Teachers Unions, Taipei Federation of Trade Unions, and Taiwan Federation of Financial Unions...

What Does Fu Kun-Chi’s Challenge to the KMT Legislative Presidency Ticket Indicate?

The contest over who will be the next speaker of the Legislative Yuan is on. The DPP hopes for Yu Shyi-kun to continue serving as president of the Legislative Yuan. By contrast, the KMT has aligned behind a joint ticket of its 2020 presidential candidate, Han Kuo-yu, and its former chair, Johnny Chiang. As part of this ticket, Han would become president and Chiang would become vice president...