TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese scholar Chen Po-nien (陳柏年) said Thursday (Feb. 4) that the Democratic Progress Party (DPP) will likely continue supporting President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) policy toward China in the 2024 presidential election.
During an online seminar hosted by Columbia University political science professor Andrew Nathan, Chen offered his take on cross-strait relations. As an advisor for DDP think tank New Frontier Foundation, Chen said the ruling party has focused its energy on pursuing "popular sovereignty" rather than trying to change the country's official name to "Taiwan."
Chen said the change in the DPP's cross-strait strategy was catalyzed by its opposition to the Kuomintang (KMT) as well as Taiwan's relations with the U.S. He said the DPP realized the importance of cooperation with the Western superpower following the party's defeat in the 2012 presidential election.
Regardless of which candidate represents the DPP in the upcoming presidential election, Chen noted that they will follow in Tsai's footsteps and will need to carefully navigate cross-strait relations. Meanwhile, Beijing has become concerned about losing its leverage over Taiwan under Tsai.
In regard to the KMT, Chen said the party has lost its political advantages and that it is facing the "dilemma" of how to position itself in 2024. If the party seeks support from Beijing, it will repel the country's mainstream voters. Conversely, if it wants to follow mainstream public opinion, it will inevitably lose support from Beijing, CNA cited him as saying.