Japanese academic Yoshiyuki Ogasawara notes that there is growing scepticism about the US in Taiwan — the longer the Ukraine war drags on, the more the Taiwanese people are anxious about the US’s help in the event of a Taiwan crisis. These sentiments will have an impact on the Taiwan presidential election in 2024.
Taiwan’s four-question referendum did not pass, to the relief of the DPP and disappointment of the KMT, says Professor Yoshiyuki Ogasawara of the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. That the motion to reinstate an import ban on pork with ractopamine, namely US pork, did not go through is significant, as it is an election issue that could have a detrimental impact on the DPP. Results aside, the referendum itself was a show of democracy at work and in some ways a bulwark against reunification with the mainland.