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By Dongtao Qi - 13 Feb 2018
At the end of 2017 and the start of 2018, public opinion surveys in Taiwan showed a decline in Taiwanese nationalism. The percentage of people who identify as Taiwanese-only went down, while that of dual-identity (of both Taiwanese and Chinese) went up.
The meeting between Xi Jinping and Hung Hsiu-chu, the respective leaders of the mainland’s Chinese Communist Party and Taiwan’s Kuomintang, will be held on November 1, 2016. Observers are concerned about the impact the meeting will have on the current cross-strait stalemate.
Tsai Ing-wen talked about cross-strait relations in less than 400 words, only accounting for 6.7 percent of her almost 6000-word address. It is basically a reiteration of her “maintaining status-quo” China policy previously explained by her on several occasions in both Taiwan and the United States.
Although Tsai may be different from Chen in terms of leadership style, the movement government’s role conflict dilemma may compel her administration to adopt strategies similar to the Chen administration.