Qi Dongtao

Research Fellow, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore

Dr Qi Dongtao is a research fellow at the East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore. He received his PhD in Sociology from Stanford University and conducts research in the field of political sociology, especially on state-society relation and nationalism in Taiwan and mainland China. His papers have appeared in China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, China: An International Journal, International Journal of China Studies, East Asian Policy and so on. He has published a book The Taiwan Independence Movement in and out of Power (World Scientific Publishing, 2016), some book chapters, and co-edited three books on China’s social policies and social transformation. He has also published over 30 commentaries on Taiwan’s and Hong Kong’s politics and cross-strait relations in Lianhe Zaobao, Taiwan Insight, Channel News Asia, and others. He is finishing a book tentatively titled Taiwan Independence Movement Returns to Power, which uses three analytical frameworks, respectively, to explore new developments in Taiwan politics, China’s Taiwan policies and cross-strait relations since 2016.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen delivers her inaugural address at the Taipei Guest House in Taipei, Taiwan on 20 May 2020. (Wang Yu Ching/Taiwan Presidential Office/Handout via Reuters)

Taiwan's Tsai surprised the world with her achievements, but can her good fortune last another term?

Qi Dongtao reads into signs of change in President Tsai Ing-wen’s second term inauguration speech, sussing out that compared to four years ago, the president is placing greater emphasis on the idea of Taiwan as a national entity on its own. Such fateful steps augur potential clashes in the next four years as Taiwan runs the risk of being an unwitting pawn in US-China competition.