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DPP candidates focus on democracy ahead of Taiwan elections

Reporter TVBS News Staff
Release time:2024/01/09 21:18
Last update time:2024/01/09 21:18
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TAIPEI (TVBS News) — Taiwan's electors prepare to cast their ballots for new leaders and legislators on Jan. 13, in what is shaping up to be a defining moment for the island's future and its role on the global stage.

Taiwan's Democratic Ambitions and International Relations

 

The race is headlined by Lai Ching-te, the presidential candidate from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and his running mate Hsiao Bi-khim. Emphasizing the significance of this election, Lai stated, "This election will not only determine Taiwan's future leadership and direction but also serve as a testament to our commitment to democracy."

Amid increasing tensions with China, the DPP's stance has drawn international attention. The Guardian's Helen Davidson questioned the candidates about their approach to relations with China, particularly in the context of previous sanctions and the balance with close ties to the U.S. Lai's response remained focused on maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, which he considers vital for global security and prosperity.

Hsiao Bi-khim elaborated on the party's diplomatic strategy, termed "Cat Warrior Diplomacy," aimed at balancing the interests of all parties involved, including the U.S. She underscored the shared values of democracy and freedom with the U.S., while also acknowledging the differences across the Taiwan Strait. Hsiao emphasized that maintaining the status quo is in line with international expectations and is a shared responsibility for the stability of the region.
 

Future Prospects and Challenges

Nicholas Kristof from the New York Times inquired about navigating the pressures of maintaining the status quo while adapting over time. Lai responded with his strategy of the "Four Pillars for Peace and Prosperity," which includes continuing the sound foreign affairs, defense, and cross-strait policies of President Tsai Ing-wen. He also reiterated Taiwan's sovereign status, dismissing the need for a formal declaration of independence.
The DPP candidates expressed hope to restart dialogue with China under the principle of mutual respect. They also aim to promote sustainable development in Taiwan and support low-income families and young couples.
This election, therefore, is not just about selecting new leaders but also about defining Taiwan's future in an increasingly complex international landscape.
 

National Elections

#Taiwan#election#DPP#Lai Ching-te#democracy#China#cross-strait relations#Indo-Pacific#Cat Warrior Diplomacy#Taiwan Strait stability
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