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On the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sep. 11 terrorist attack, U.S. President Barack Obama made the most important decision since taking power, vowing to destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) terrorist organization, which recently beheaded two U.S. journalists and has made threats against the United States.
On Nov. 29, Taiwan will hold important municipal elections whose outcome will have island-wide implications. Traditionally, election campaigns in Taiwan’s municipal elections tend to be more candidate-centered. However, this time political party organization and party image will have quite an influence on the nine-in-one elections. The latest opinion poll conducted by Taiwan Brain Trust (TBT) in August shows that the major opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which currently rules six cities and counties, could expect to win 7 to 10 out of the 22 municipalities at stake. Various other opinion polls, including the DPP’s own projections, expect the DPP to win at least nine municipalities. Nevertheless, the DPP should not be overly optimistic and conduct this campaign with caution.
Every other month, Taiwan Brain Trust (TBT) conducts a public opinion poll on national identity, unification/independence leanings and cross-strait ties. In the wake of the Sunflower student movement of March and April this year, the latest TBT opinion poll conducted in August produced results that indicate new trends with regard to national identity and unification/independence leanings.
For Taiwan, China is an utterly crucial power. However, the China policies of the current Ma Ying-jeou Administration have generated great anxiety among the Taiwanese people. At the same time, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has been considering how to adjust its own China policy. Taiwan’s society should work towards a consensus on China policy. Without such a consensus within Taiwan, how can negotiations and exchanges with China proceed? How can the China’s challenge to Taiwan be solved? Thus it is evident that Taiwan must first form an internal consensus, and then proceed with exchanges on that basis. This is the only way to resolve the current situation.
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