The Relations Across the Taiwan Strait Since Elections

Friday, 9 November 2018 - 2:30 am
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Since Tsai Ing-wen’s election as President of Taiwan in January 2016, the relations across the Taiwan Strait have deteriorated. China had decided to ignore the Tsai Administration, isolate Taiwan on the international stage and intensified its military intimidations around the island. More importantly, the Chinese Communist Party even more so its united front work towards Taiwanese society. Using its unprecedented rise as a leverage, China also wants everyone to believe, particularly the Chinese society, that the reunification process has already started and is in full swing.

Nonetheless, the success of this strategy is far from being guaranteed. While Ms. Tsai’s popularity is declining, most Taiwanese continue to support the status quo, in other words are opposed to any form of unification with China. The Taiwanese identity keeps consolidating. The New Southbound Policy is contributing to diversifying Taiwan’s economic relations. And United States’ security support has remained strong, and even stronger than before under the Trump Administration.