China set to intensify reunification push after Taiwan polls

Beijing has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since 1949, when Chiang Kai-shek's KMT, or Nationalist, troops fled to the island after losing the civil war on the mainland to Mao Zedong's communist forces.
Beijing has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since 1949, when Chiang Kai-shek's KMT, or Nationalist, troops fled to the island after losing the civil war on the mainland to Mao Zedong's communist forces.PHOTO: REUTERS

Xi determined to begin talks with island to achieve this end during his watch: Sources

Taiwan's 2020 presidential election will be hotly contested and difficult to predict. But one thing is almost certain: Whoever wins will have to deal with the island's giant neighbour China and try to fend off intensified reunification overtures.

The self-ruled island, which Beijing claims as its own, is scheduled to hold its presidential election on Jan 11 next year, with incumbent Tsai Ing-wen of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) running for re-election against Mr Han Kuo-yu of the island's main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) and possibly Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, who may run as an independent.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 17, 2019, with the headline 'China set to intensify reunification push after Taiwan polls'. Print Edition | Subscribe