Taiwan Enters a High-Stakes Campaign Season
Jun 14, 2019 | 21:22 GMT
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- With presidential hopefuls holding divergent views over the government's relations with China, Taiwan's elections in January will have a deciding effect on cross-strait relations over the next four years and beyond.
- Taiwan's ruling party and its presidential candidate, incumbent Tsai Ing-wen, will ramp up pro-independence narratives to muster public support ahead of next year's vote.
- Beijing will be under pressure to respond to pro-independent narratives, and tensions around the Taiwan Strait will escalate in the coming months if Washington advances proposed arms sales, passes pro-Taiwan bills and elevates the level of official visits with Taipei.