On November 26, Taiwanese voters choose mayors, country magistrates, and other local administrators and representatives. These “nine-in-one” elections are often seen as a referendum on the party in power and a harbinger for the presidential and legislative elections that come just over a year later. With tensions with China running high and both major parties in Taiwan looking for new standard-bearers in the 2024 presidential contest, this year’s local elections have outsized national and international implications. FPRI Asia Director Jacques deLisle joins FPRI Senior Fellow and Adelphi University Dean Vincent Wang and National Taiwan University Professor and Brookings Visiting Fellow Philip Hsu to discuss what the elections mean for Taiwan, as well as cross-Strait relations and US policy.
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S. Philip Hsu - S. Philip Hsu (徐斯勤) is a professor of political science and director of the Center for China Studies at National Taiwan University. He is also serving as a Fulbright Scholar and as a visiting fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies from July 2022 until January 2023.
Jacques deLisle - Jacques deLisle is the Chair of the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is also the Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania.