Taiwan's election was important, but not a game changer

Canada supports Taiwan’s democratic institutions, but this was not the first peaceful transition of power and Canada does not need to pick sides.

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Taiwan's president-elect Tsai Ing-wen on Nov. 4.
Hugh Stephens
Published: Monday, 02/01/2016 12:00 am EST
Last Updated: Monday, 02/01/2016 12:00 am EST

Since the landslide election of Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party as president of Taiwan on Jan. 16, and the concurrent sweep of the legislature by the DPP to win 68 of 113 seats, there has been much coverage and commentary on the vibrancy of Taiwan’s democracy, the possible reaction of Beijing, and the implications for Canadian policy.

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