Mark Collins – Taiwan Elections=Big Change: And the Dragon?

Further to this post last August,

Taiwan to Challenge Chicoms?

four stories on the electoral ouster of the Kuomintang, including losing control of parliament for the first time:

China, economy tests for Taiwan presidential winner Tsai

The formidable challenge facing Taiwan’s first female president

China tells Taiwan to abandon independence ‘hallucination’ after vote

South China Sea? For Beijing, Taiwan is the No. 1 security issue
[more here on the South China Sea]

Could be quite interesting times.  Related:

Air-Sea Battle, or, What Does the US Do if China Attacks Taiwan?

Chinese Threat to US Navy/Would US Dare Attack Mainland?

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds


3 thoughts on “Mark Collins – Taiwan Elections=Big Change: And the Dragon?”

  1. For decades I have held that Taiwan over time would slip-slide into the PRC bloc and all the military aid we had provided that nation would be open. The very name the KMT invaders assigned to this island nation — Republic of China – Taiwan conjured up the single nation concept, no matter how far fetched that might seem. The Senators in Washington who were supported by the China lobby carried their torch, along with the founder of Time Magazine: “…We will unleash Chiang Kai-Shek and set Claire Booth Luce…” That did not work either. The new president, with her landslide not only won the job. Her Party obtained for the first time a majority in the legislature. Before, the KMT held that majority. Now it is time for the United States to gather with its Asian friends and support the Taiwanese Independence Movement. The island nation, formerly occupied by China and Japan can join the nations of Asia which became independent, wither through political arrangements either through the withdrawal of the Colonial nations or through war. The Twentieth Century was one of decolonization. Taiwan can now join them, albeit belatedly. The PRC has tried to forestall this through the development of regional entities of which it would be by wealth the chieftain. In the South China Sea disputes, the PRC has put itself up against its weaker neighbors individually. Taiwan can offset some of that pressure, even establishing economic organizations allocating the resources of the SCS to each of the claimant powers. By making its claimed islands, islets and reefs in the SCS, Taiwan can start a rational discussion on this matter.. As for the now defeated KMT, the blood lure of the home villages on the mainland remains. Now the U.S. leadership must regenerate itself. It must not submit itself to the sovereignty claims of the PRC. pete speer

    Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 19:38:16 +0000 To:

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