Why the Hong Kong protests don’t guarantee a Tsai victory in Taiwan
- July 25, 2019
- Lev Nachman, political science graduate student, explains in The Diplomat
With the world’s eyes glued on Hong Kong, many have begun to speculate what role this summer’s civil unrest will play in neighboring Taiwan’s presidential elections. Considering that Taiwan and Hong Kong share the same underlying political issue – relations with China – it makes sense for politics observers to draw this natural comparison.
While it may seem tempting to speculate that Hong Kong’s protests help make next year’s
presidential election a sure thing for pro-Taiwan candidate Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic
Progressive Party (DPP) and hurt pro-China candidate Han Kuo-yu of the Nationalist
Party (KMT), it is worth reflecting on what issues really matter during presidential
elections and analyzing how politicians in Taiwan have already begun to shift the
Hong Kong narrative to their party’s favor.
Read on in The Diplomat: https://thediplomat.com/2019/07/why-the-hong-kong-protests-dont-guarantee-a-tsai-victory-in-taiwan/.