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A look at the shifting political sands in Taiwan and South Korea

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08.01.2019

CURRENT global trends indicate that conservatism is gaining momentum over liberalism.

Trump-led conservatism in the US and Brexit in the UK, as well as similar shifts towards protectionism in France and Germany, are evidence of this.

Taiwan and South Korea are both trade-oriented economic giants in Asia. Despite geographic proximity, however, the two seem to be heading in different directions in their political ideology.

Taiwan’s election in November resulted in an overwhelming victory for the conservative Kuomintang party (KMT) against the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

The DPP’s crushing defeat was worsened by the election result in Kaohsiung, the second largest city in Taiwan and one not expected to vote for the KMT in a majority. In the wake of the result, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen announced her resignation as head of the DPP.

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Along with the election for government, Taiwan also voted on the policies surrounding two controversial issues: same-sex marriage and nuclear-power plants. Taiwanese voters supported the conservative party by rejecting both same-sex marriage and the denuclearisation plan.

In no Asian country is same-sex marriage legal as of yet. The Taiwanese Constitutional Court made the decision in May 2017 to support freedom of marriage. This gave the LGBT community hope for the legalisation of same-sex marriage.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen stepped down as DPP chairman last November. Source: Reuters /Tyrone Siu

Taiwan’s LGBT community also participated in the 2018 Paris Gay Games under their national flag –........

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