Recording available: ISDP Taiwan Lecture Series: The Cross-Strait Variable in Taiwan’s Election

November 23, 2023: The recording of the ISDP Taiwan Lecture Series: The Cross-Strait Variable in Taiwan’s Election is now available on ISDP’s YouTube channel.

The cross-strait relationship holds a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of Taiwan’s presidential elections. The intricate nature of Taiwan’s relationship with China significantly influences electoral dynamics, creating a nuanced backdrop for political discourse. Presidential candidates strategically position themselves within this complex framework, their party affiliations and political stances toward China serving as defining markers.

Sovereignty, independence, and national identity emerge as central themes in this electoral arena. The electorate scrutinizes candidates’ approaches to these critical issues, understanding that the outcomes of the election hold implications for Taiwan’s standing in the global political landscape.

What makes this relationship even more complicated is the shift in the cross-strait dynamic. While traditionally an independent variable shaping electoral discussions, the cross-strait relationship has evolved into a dependent variable. Against a backdrop of geopolitical uncertainty, the choices made by Taiwanese voters in the upcoming elections will not only reflect but also mold the future trajectory of Taiwan’s relations with China.

ISDP had the great honor to welcome Chung-min Tsai, a Professor of the Department of Political Science at the National Chengchi University and Jointly Appointed Professor of the Taipei School of Economics and Political Science (TSE) at the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan.

Find out more about the event here.