(KTSF by Lynne Ku)
Today, the Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law hosted a panel discussion on the results of the Taiwan presidential election.
Shelley Rigger, Brown Professor of East Asian Politics and Chair of Political Science at Davidson College, made a presentation about her perception of the election to dozens of Stanford students. Rigger believes that Ma Yingjeou was victorious due to continuity. She says, “We have to remember that Taiwanese voters are pretty conservetive, they choose the status quo option almost every time.”
Rigger, famous for her scholarship on Taiwan, spent over a week in Taiwan during the election period and collected campaign data from different sides. Compared to past elections, Rigger thinks this election was very predictable. Since Ma was re-elected, Rigger believes the current relationship of Taiwan, China and the US will be maintained.
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