The recent Taiwanese elections (where broadly pro-independenceÂ parties did well versus the ruling party) wereÂ mid-term non-presidential election, so should haveÂ all the usual caveats about kicking the incumbents when it doesn’t matter so much.
The part I found interesting was the list of issues that the voters cared about: China doesn’t rank high on the list. And wow, don’t they sound familiar to Hong Kong?
Although Western media often emphasize the â€˜China factorâ€™ when covering Taiwanâ€™s local elections, these races focused primarily on domestic issues. The Taiwan public is concerned with skyrocketing property prices, falling incomes, a growing gap between rich and poor, and food safety. Many young people are worried about job prospects.