US makes its presence felt in Taiwan's 2020 election

Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation Chairman You Ying-lung says US influence more obvious this election cycle

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Capitol Hill (CNA photo)

Capitol Hill (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The American influence in the upcoming 2020 presidential election has become more obvious, according to the chairman of the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation, You Ying-lung (游盈隆).

"From a certain point of view, the significance of American factors has surpassed Chinese factors in the 2020 presidential election," You said in a Facebook post on Saturday (Dec. 21). The U.S. has passed multiple bills related to Taiwan this year, the Taiwan Travel Act and the TAIPEI Act, and approved US$2.2 billion in arms sales.

"The U.S always has a great influence on Taiwanese middle-class voters. Every candidate supported by the U.S. will be elected in the end, no exception," said You, referring to the Kuomintang victory in the 2012 presidential election. "But its methods were more subtle and indirect in the past, different from what we've seen this year."

You also mentioned the trade war between the U.S. and China, saying that this has had an influence on Taiwan. The U.S. has also passed three acts this year supporting human rights in Hong Kong, Xinjiang, and Tibet.

"Trump's intention is to try and weaken China's influence, but winning the trade war might be the real reason," You added.