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CCP ‘carrot, stick’ success waning: expert

China might implement pressure campaigns in the run-up to Taiwan’s presidential election next month, including introducing investment incentives and conducting military exercises around the country, to try and sway voters to cast their ballot in a more pro-Beijing direction, an expert said on Thursday.

In contrast to how official communications with Taiwan were severed after President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) won her first-term victory in 2016, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has continued full steam ahead in its efforts to win the hearts of Taiwanese business people, said Kung Shan-son (龔祥生), a researcher at the Taiwan government-funded think tank Institute for National Defense and Security Research.


Fight with ballots, not bullets

New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) is a so-called “native blue,” meaning an ethnic Taiwanese member of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).

Ever since the KMT nominated Hou as its presidential candidate in July, public support rating had been in the doldrums. The KMT’s “blue fighters” look down on Hou, as most explicitly expressed by songwriter Liu Chia-chang (劉家昌), who called him “a sack of straw minus the straw.”

With the party’s prospects looking rather shaky, the KMT negotiated with the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) about forming a “blue-white” joint presidential ticket with Hou and TPP Chairman and presidential nominee Ko Wen-je (柯文哲).


Ko Wen-je is not trustworthy

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co founder Terry Gou (郭台銘) might be accused of twice breaking his promises and betraying the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), then launching a signature drive for himself to stand as a candidate in January’s presidential election, only to turn around and quit the race. It clearly shows that rich people are free to do as they like. If that is so, then Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) Chairman and presidential candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) is the perfect example of a political hack who changes his position as easily as turning the pages of a book.

Taiwanese independence supporters know that it was only with the help of the 2014 Sunflower movement opposed to a proposed cross-strait service trade agreement and thanks to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for not fielding its own candidate that Ko was elected as mayor of Taipei.


Avoiding an at-large Han speaker

Under Taiwan’s electoral system, the number of legislator-at-large seats is proportional to the number of party votes a party receives if they exceed the threshold of 5 percent of all party votes cast. Each party is entitled to submit a ranked list of 34 nominees for 34 at-large seats in the 113-seat legislature.

All of the major parties have announced their legislator-at-large lists.

The makeup of the Legislative Yuan is becoming clearer and the future seems anything but promising.

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Police escort students protesting adjustments to high-school curriculum guidelines outside the Ministry of Education in Taipei Friday night.
Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

The Ministry of Education yesterday announced new security measures following a third intrusion late on Friday night by students protesting adjustments to high-school curriculum guidelines.

Rows of 3m-tall iron barricades were put up around the ministry and the nearby K-12 Education Administration building late on Friday night, replacing barbed wire within the ministry’s short perimeter fence.