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THE 2020 TAIWAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION – SOUTH KOREAN MEDIA COVERAGE WRAP UP

Taiwan Insight

January 22, 2020

https://taiwaninsight.org/2020/01/22/the-2020-taiwan-presidential-election-south-korean-media-coverage-wrap-up/

Taiwan’s presidential elections often attract extensive media coverage in South Korea. On account of the growing volume of economic and people-to-people interaction between Taiwan and South Korea, as well as marked historical, demographic and cultural proximities between these two former Japanese colonies, many of the reports and analyses on Taiwan’s elections emanating from South Korea’s media are insightful, well informed, and arguably more multifarious in content than is the case in Western media sources. Yet like the latter, election coverage in South Korea often reflect wider concerns that changes in Taiwan’s relationship with China could have broader ramifications for security in the Northeast Asian region. While such concerns reached a crescendo following the election of the independence leaning former president Chen Shui-bien (2000 and 2004), unease has risen again in this election on account that Taiwan’s returning president, the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen, bolstered her campaign by emphasising the danger that an increasingly assertive China poses to Taiwan’s independence and democracy…