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DPP President Wins Reelection in Taiwan (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 01/12/20 4:34 am)

In Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen of the DPP Democratic Progressive Party has been reelected with a landslide 57.1% of the vote, an increase over 2016, against Han Kuo-yu of the Kuomingtang, who got only 28%.

The DPP (formed in 1986) is pro-independence while the Kuomingtang, the old enemy of the Communists during the Chinese Civil War, is pro-compromise, "one country two systems" (as far as it lasts).

Theoretically I can understand the Kuomingtang, which still dreams of again controlling all China, but in this moment "one country two systems" is only a present to Xi Jinping.

This election, even if it may hearten the enemies of the "Reds," can make the atmosphere in the world more complicated. It may have consequences in Hong Kong and in the relations with Empire 1 with Empire 2 (China) and possibly Empire 3 (Russia).

An easing up of the relations between the Empires 1 and 3 would be highly recommended.

About the "Reds," in Italy we have a joke:

A man/woman can be in good faith and be a Red but cannot be intelligent.

A man/woman can be intelligent and be a Red but cannot be in good faith.

A man/woman can be intelligent and be in good faith but cannot be a Red.

JE comments: I was watching "nostalgia" TV (The history program Through the Decades) at my mom's house this week.  One item featured segments of network news from the early 1970s, when "Red China" was still a staple of everyday discourse.  Times do change:  "Red" in the US now refers to the Republicans.

The smart money until recent weeks predicted a defeat for Ms Tsai, but the unrest in Hong Kong has emboldened the Taiwanese electorate to take a more independent stance.  Tsai's legalization of same-sex marriage also played a part in swaying younger voters. 

Might China's "one nation, two systems" narrative be the biggest geopolitical fiction of the last seventy years?


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