Taiwan’s presidential election is January 11. The country will also elect a new Legislative Yuan, which is one of Taiwan’s five branches of government. Taiwan’s two main political parties — the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Nationalist Party (KMT)–reshuffled political power after last year’s election when the KMT won two-thirds of local offices. Now things have taken a drastic turn: Incumbent DPP President Tsai Ing-wen is leading with 30 percent over KMT presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu.
Taiwan expert Stephen Yates joins us to discuss how this shift in power happened–he says the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is responsible. This election is a referendum on the CCP. And it will mean a strategic re-balancing of power for the United States and an historic opportunity for Taiwan.