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China Meddling in Taiwan’s Upcoming Election

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CCP leader Xi Jinping recently told President Biden that China plans to “reunify” Taiwan with the mainland, and that China’s “preference” is to do so peacefully. Meanwhile, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)’s presidential and vice-presidential candidates for Taiwan’s January 2024 election, Lai Ching-te and Hsiao Bi-khim, are vocally supportive of independence from China. Lai has described himself as a “pragmatic worker for ‘Taiwan independence.” Lai also bluntly and correctly diagnosed China as instigating the conflict between China and Taiwan: “China’s desire to annex Taiwan is [its] national policy […] it’s not provoked by any political party or individual, and you can’t stop it by fully accepting China’s ideas.” Meanwhile, as Taiwan’s election nears, the CCP is waging a toxic propaganda campaign aimed at weakening the link between the ruling DPP and its people. It is doing this through messaging that the DPP (and not the CCP) that is warmongering and toxic, that Taiwan’s population does not want the DPP, and that Taiwan’s political future is one that appeases the CCP.

Claim #1: DPP is Warmongering and Toxic

The CCP gaslights the DPP and portrays them, not the CCP, as calling for war. Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for China’s State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, remarked that those that a person that advocates for Taiwan independence “is a ‘troublemaker’ and ‘war-maker,’ as cited by China Daily. The DPP’s Vice Presidential candidate, Hsiao Bi-khim “has been included in the mainland’s list of die-hard ‘Taiwan independence’ separatists,” according to another China Daily article. According to Chen Binhua, another spokesman for China’s State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, the DPP’s presidential and vice presidential candidates “will only harm the interests and well-being of the people in Taiwan, harm the peace and stability of the Taiwan Straits, and harm the future and destiny of Taiwan,” according to Global Times.

Claim #2: Taiwan Does Not Want to be Governed by DPP

The CCP is also trying to drive a wedge between the DPP and Taiwan by attempting to convince the island that the DPP is not popular. A Global Times article claims that “[p]ublic opinion in the island said that the duo of Lai and Hsiao will only push Taiwan into a disastrous abyss.” According to Global Times, the US doubting the leadership of DPP presidential candidate Lai Ching-te, and the US commitment to not support “Taiwan independence,” has “already dealt a blow to Lai’s popularity” in Taiwan.

Claim #3: Only Acceptable Outcome of Elections in Taiwan is one that Appeases CCP

The CCP also is trying to convince Taiwan that the only acceptable political outcome of the elections is one that appeases the CCP. Zhu for example “expressed the hope that Taiwan compatriots will firmly oppose ‘Taiwan independence’ for the sake of their peace, stability and well-being,” according to China Daily. While Chen argues that China “…respect[s] the social system of the island Taiwan…,” this is essentially meaningless given that Chen also admits that China “hope[s] that the people of Taiwan can…firmly oppose ‘Taiwan independence’ separatism and foreign interference, and jointly promote the cross-Straits relations back to the correct track of peaceful development [i.e., appeasement of China], according to Global Times. Similarly, Chen is quoted in another China Daily article saying that “it’s hoped that the majority of compatriots in Taiwan will uphold the national righteousness, adhere to the ‘1992 Consensus,’ and oppose ‘Taiwan independence.’”

China poses a serious threat in manipulating Taiwan’s upcoming election. Taiwanese officials assert that China is using Douyin (mainland China’s version of Tiktok) to manipulate Taiwanese voters to vote against the DPP. After Taiwan began investigating “hundreds” of Taiwanese politicians allegedly receiving discounted trips to China in an “election interference” scheme that was subsidized by the CCP, CCP-run Global Times calls such an investigation a “green [the color of the DPP] terror on the grassroots of Taiwan.” Taiwan security officials also stated that China attempted more election interference by trying to buy off several of Taiwan’s religious leaders with subsidized trips to China.

In response to allegations of China interfering in Taiwan’s elections, CCP-run China Daily ironically asserts that “[i]t must be emphasized that the island’s elections are purely China’s internal affair which brooks no interference by external or other forces.” Will Taiwan, a country that has a 94/100 Global Freedom Status score from Freedom House, have its elections usurped by China?

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Rejecting Détente Offer, China Throws Shade at Taiwan’s New President

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China’s propaganda machine has responded to Taiwan President Lai Ching-te’s inauguration address, which was conciliatory to the mainland, with belligerence. Rather than accepting Lai’s olive branch of détente based on mutual respect, China used Lai’s inauguration speech to slander the new president, claim that he does not have the mandate of his own people, and threaten to use force on the island.

China Slanders Taiwan’s New President

China reacted to Lai’s inauguration speech by slandering the new Taiwanese president. A Global Times article asserted that Lai “wants to deceive Taiwan residents,” and is “malicious.” Chen Binhua, a spokesperson for China’s State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, stated that Lai has “an extremely arrogant attitude and more radical views,” and that Lai’s inauguration speech was “[f]ull of hostility and provocation and made up of lies and deception,” according to another Global Times article. Similarly, Zhu Fenglian, another spokesperson for China’s State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, called Lai’s actions “vile,” according to a third Global Times article. A China Daily editorial labelled him a “diehard separatist, ” while another China Daily editorial called Lai’s quest for Taiwan’s independence an “evil pursuit.”

China Claims Lai Doesn’t Speak for the People of Taiwan

Despite Lai winning Taiwan’s democratic election, China portrayed Lai as going against the will of his people. Chen Binhua, a spokesperson for the China’s State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, called Lai is  “a traitor to mainstream public opinion on the island and a disruptor of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” according to Global Times. Zhu Fenglian, another spokesperson for China’s State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, stated that “insightful individuals in Taiwan have expressed deep concern” about Lai, “reflecting the shared sentiments of the majority of Taiwan compatriots,” and that Lai’s colleagues in the DPP party are “in fact very insecure and fear that compatriots on both sides of the Straits will come closer together,” according to Global Times.

China Threatens to Use Force on Taiwan

China also responded to Lai’s inaugural speech by issuing threats and not-so-veiled threats to use force against Taiwan. One Global Times article stated that “Lai’s ‘Taiwan independence’ remarks are playing with fire, and those who play with fire will be bound to get themselves burned.” According to China Daily, the naval exercises conducted around Taiwan by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) from May 23-24 in response to Lai’s speech were “legitimate countermeasures” that send “a clear message that [the PLA] will prevent ‘Taiwan independence’ at all costs.” Another China Daily article stated that the Chinese Defense Minister Dong Jun “…left no one in any doubt that should it prove necessary Beijing will not hesitate to use force to quash any bid to divide the nation. Calling the separatists’ pursuit of ‘independence’ an act of self-destruction, he stated unequivocally that ‘Whoever dares to sever Taiwan from China will be crushed.’”

Another Global Times article maintained that “[t]he actions of the Lai authorities will definitely invite lessons and countermeasures from the mainland” and that “[i]f Lai tries to escalate tensions in the coming years, the mainland will respond and use all available tools to make the Taiwan authorities pay a heavy price.” A third Global Times article, quoting “analysts” stated that “the pursuit of ‘Taiwan independence’ is a futile endeavor that will lead to detrimental and calamitous consequences for Taiwan island.”

Rather than accepting Lai’s reasonable offer to resume cordial relations based on mutual respect, China has chosen to ratchet up its propaganda attacks against the island. As China continues to beat the drums of war, will Taiwan hold the line?

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