The Election in Taiwan: What happened? Why? and What does it matter?
A roundtable forum
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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RICHARD BAUM (Director, UCLA Center for Chinese Studies, and Professor of Political Science)
STANLEY ROSEN (Professor of Political Science, USC)
JAMES TONG (Professor of Political Science, UCLA)
On March 20 Taiwan will hold a presidential election and a referendum. The campaigning leading up to the election has been extremely energetic . . . and heated. Moreover, it has been waged globally. Perhaps never before has any election anywhere drawn such blunt and controversial comments from world leaders. The results of the election, whatever they may be, are certainly to be closely scrutinized by the U.S. and Chinese governments, as well as other governments in the region, and beyond.
The most recent polls show the two president contenders -- the incumbent Chen Shui-bian of the so-called pan-green Democratic Progressive Party, and his challenger Lien Chan of the pan-blue Nationalist Party (Kuomintang) -- neck and neck.
Professors Baum and Rosen will be in Taiwan for the election. They will travel first to Kaohsiung, in southern Taiwan, the hotbed of support for Chen Shui-bian, and then will go to Taipei, the center of support for Lien Chan, for election day. They will also monitor Taiwan’s first exit poll, and will be in the studios of TVBS-TV in Taipei, which, based on the exit poll, expects to announce the results of the election one minute after the polls close.
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