๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ Joseph Wu: Taiwan is a model of democracy | Talk to Al Jazeera

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Taiwan has been a self-governing nation for the past 69 years [โ‰ˆ average human life expectancy at birth, 2011 estimate]; but these seven decades have not been without their challenges, especially in light of China’s desire to ‘reclaim’ Taiwan, even threatening to do so by force.

Officially known as the Republic of China (ROC), Taiwan recently held its midterm elections, where President Tsai Ing-wen’s ruling party, the Democratic Progressives, suffered heavy losses. The president has since stepped down as chairwoman of the party.

Although some believe the results of the election reflect neglected local issues and voter views on candidate capabilities, China’s influence also appears to feature as a potential reason for the pro-Beijing Kuomintang to have gained the new footing that it has.

Talk to Al Jazeera spoke to Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu amidst election chaos and discussed the frustrating job he has, promoting the country’s ideals abroad while China seemingly continues to challenge its every move.



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