On Friday, Trump received a congratulatory call from Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, in which the leaders briefly touched upon economic, political, and security-related ties between our two democracies. Trump congratulated Tsai on her own victory in Taiwanese elections earlier in the year—a watershed since Tsai is the first woman leader in Asia who isn’t the daughter or wife of a previous leader.
By now, everyone would have seen the campaigns trucks and mass rallies of the Taiwanese election 2016. But is anyone familiar with how ballot counting for the election works?
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Beijing learned two decades ago that intervening in Taiwanese elections tends to backfire. In 1996, Beijing lobbed missiles into waters off Taiwan's coast, in hopes of scuttling Lee Teng-hui's presidential bid. This only enraged Taiwanese voters, and helped Lee to secure a majority of the vote.
Tsai disappeared from China's most popular social network following her victory, with censors working swiftly to block searches for "Tsai Ing-wen" and "Taiwan elections" on the Twitter-like Weibo network.The commentary by the Japanese newspaper “Mainichi Shimbun” which provided this statement draws attention to the assumption that the outcome of the recent Taiwanese elections could affect the recent unrest in Hong Kong (which have yet to come to a close), which Taiwan has “closely watched”.As expected, China very cautiously responded to a similar outcome in the very recent Taiwanese elections. The very next day from the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council a statement was issued expressing the hope that “our compatriots on the other side of the Taiwan Strait will protect the fruits of development, won by hard work, of the relations between the“.By now, everyone would have seen the campaigns trucks and mass rallies of the Taiwanese election 2016. But is anyone familiar with how ballot counting for the election works?