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PacNet #13 – Thinking about a Future DPP Government

Fresh from recent electoral victories and with hopes of more to come, Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is beginning to think about the possibility of returning to government. Study groups have been named to consider future policy, and Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen has announced plans for a new party platform. Pragmatists hope to avoid repeating the mistakes of the Chen Shui-bian era that saw escalating tensions with China and severely strained relations with the US. On the other hand, some DPP activists appeal for support by sticking their fingers in the dragon’s eye or by mobilizing protests against visiting mainland representatives. However, future party policy remains unclear.