Earlier this week, I noted how there is little being reported in the Chinese press about the Taiwanese election that put the DPP’s Tsai Ing-wen in charge.
If you want to learn more about the election and its consequences, more than you can in the Chinese press, here are some insightful links:
When Will China Realize Its Taiwan Strategy Failed? – National Interest
The Taiwanese have done a marvelous job of mental gymnastics in which they reconcile favoring closer economic ties with the mainland even as they utterly spurn any notion of political reunification. Polls consistently show meager support (often in the single digits) for becoming part of China.
One China, One Taiwan: Little Chance of a Red Future for Taipei – Salvatore Babones, Foreign Affairs
Now You Know the Terror (On how a Taiwanese singer was forced to apologize for holding a Taiwanese flag.) – China Change
Remarkably, she was then forced by her South Korean management firm to record an apology video: a mere 16-year-old Taiwanese girl forced to identify herself as a Chinese and admit that her holding the Republic of China flag was wrong.
Tsai’s victory speech – Michael Turton
Together we have accomplished a great task for Taiwan. This is how I feel right now. However, I am calm at heart, because I know that in the future, my responsibility will only grow heavier. …
Thanks to all the people of Taiwan, we have completed the third transition of political power in Taiwan’s democratic history together. We have lit up Taiwan. And through our actions, we want to tell the world, once again, that Taiwan equals democracy and democracy equals Taiwan.
The Fall of the KMT? – New Bloom
It would seem that the KMT is still internally fractured. This is along the lines of party divisions, between the Ma Ying-Jeou-led “Mainlander” faction and Wang Jinpyng’s “Taiwanese” faction, which is by comparison to the Mainlander faction more localized. Wang is himself close to some members of the DPP.
Anatomy of a Small Avalanche – Thinking Taiwan
The DPP is consolidating its 2014 gains: After getting the same voters to vote for the DPP twice in a row within a 14-month timespan, the DPP may have consolidated many of those swing voters, who only decided to give the “pan-DPP” camp a chance for the first time in 2014, into reliable DPP supporters going forward.
KMT ends with 35 of 113 seats in devastating loss – The China Post
It was their first time to lose the majority in the legislature.
KMT Loses Security Deposits in Some Races – Frozen Garlic
Pingtung 3: KMT nominee Hsu Chin-ju 許謹如 got 12.8% of the vote. DPP winner Chuang Jui-hsiung 莊瑞雄 got 4.18 times as many votes.
Tainan 2: KMT nominee Huang Yao-sheng 黃耀盛 got 18.7% of the vote. DPP winner Huang Wei-che 黃偉哲 got 4.10 times as many votes.
Kaohsiung 4: KMT nominee Kuo Lun-hao 郭倫豪 got 23.2% of the vote. DPP winner Lin Tai-hua 林岱樺 got 3.25 times as many votes.
Tainan 1: KMT nominee Huang Jui-kun 黃瑞坤 got 22.2% of the vote. DPP winner Yeh Yi-chin 葉宜津 got 3.21 times as many votes.
There were also seven other districts in which the DPP nominee got more than twice as many votes as the KMT nominee.
Did Blue Voters Stay Home? – Frozen Garlic
Turnout was down from past elections, and some KMT voters might have stayed home, but the margin was so big that it would have been a big DPP victory even if turnout was higher.
DPP Goes After Minority Hakka Voters Aggressively – Solidarity Taiwan
The Hakka and other minority groups have traditionally supported the KMT, but the DPP is making inroads there.
A high-spirited Tsai strongly advertised her support for the Hakka during her recently concluded campaign whirlwind tour of Taoyuan, Hsinchu, and Miaoli Hakka communities where she rolled out her “Highway 3 romantic road” proposal [national government development of Hakka cultural and tourism industries in the Hakka geographic zone parallel to Highway 3]. As her political tides have turned she’s gone from pleading with Hakkas for support several years ago to promising to look out for them now.