How Chen Shui-bian Won: The 2004 Taiwan Presidential Election and Its lmplications

Vincent Wei-cheng Wang, University of Richmond


The year 2004 is the year of elections. In addition to America's race for the White House, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, and Taiwan all have national elections to replace their executives or legislators. But of these, only Taiwan's (the official name remains Republic of China, ROC for short) March 20 presidential election, combined with a first-ever nationwide referendum, meant high-stake international consequences involving two nuclear giants- the United States and the People's Republic of China (PRC, or China).