Tsai Ying-wen Leads Opposition Party to Victory in Taiwan
The island-nation of Taiwan made history, last month, when it elected Tsai Ying-wen as its first female president. Tsai’s Pro-Independence Party (DPP) also for the first time, swept to legislative majorities, unseating the long-ruling Nationalist Party (KMT). But now, observers wonder what direction Tsai Ying-wen will take the country vis-à-vis China and the region.
We talk with Shelley Rigger, professor of East Asian politics and chair of Chinese studies at Davidson College. She’s authored several books, including, Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse. Rigger joins us to discuss the changes taking place in Taiwan.