Weekly Geopolitical Report – Trouble in Taiwan (February 1, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady

Taiwan held elections on January 16th and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won a resounding victory over the Kuomintang (KMT).  This election will likely raise tensions between Taiwan and Mainland China (People’s Republic of China, PRC).

In this report, we will begin with a history of Taiwan.  Next, we will recap the election results, discussing what the election means for Taiwan’s foreign and domestic policies, the PRC’s problems with the DPP’s victory and the election’s potential impact on regional stability.  As always, we will conclude with market ramifications.

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