Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Taiwan’s Presidential and Legislative Elections 2024

Taiwan’s Presidential and Legislative Elections 2024

January 30, 2024 | 6:30 pm | Asia Program

About the Event

Join FPRI’s Asia Program for a conversation about Taiwan’s 2024 presidential and legislative elections and their implications.  In a three-way race between the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, the principal opposition Kuomintang, and the upstart Taiwan People's Party, the campaigns again focused on questions of who could better protect Taiwan's security and autonomy in the context of long-growing challenges from across the Strait, as well as a range of economic and social policy issues of concern to voters.  

In an outcome that was widely expected, DPP standard-bearer and incumbent vice president Lai Ching-te prevailed with 40% of the vote, while the KMT's Hou Yu-ih finished second and former Taipei mayor and TPP founder Ko Wen-je came in third.  In the 113-seat legislature, the DPP lost its majority, falling to 51 seats, while the KMT won 52 to become the largest party in a divided parliament where the TPP's 8 members will be a crucial swing block. President-elect Lai pledged to maintain outgoing President Tsai Ing-wen's cross-Strait policy and close ties with the US.  The US affirmed its longstanding policies on cross-Strait issues and support for democratic Taiwan. Beijing restated its distaste for a DPP government in Taiwan, reasserted that unification is inevitable, and condemned outside interference in what it regards as an internal matter.  

What lies ahead for Taiwan and relations across the Strait and between the US, China, and Taiwan in the period before Lai takes office on May 20 and beyond?



This Event takes place in New York City

Registration and Reception 6:30 p.m

Program 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location will be provided upon RSVP to

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Ambassador James K. J. Lee

Ambassador James K. J. Lee - Director-General (ambassadorial rank), Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York / Head of UN Affairs Task Force in New York (since July 25, 2020) ; Opening Remarks

Jacques deLisle

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. ; Moderator

Bonny Lin

Bonny Lin - Dr. Bonny Lin is a senior fellow for Asian security and director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Andrew Nathan

Andrew Nathan - Andrew J. Nathan is Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. His teaching and research interests include Chinese politics and foreign policy, the comparative study of polit...