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).
Copyright © 2004, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. This article first appeared in Journal of International Security Affairs: 7 (2004), 33-42.
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Wang, Vincent Wei-cheng. "How Chen Shui-bian Won: The 2004 Taiwan Presidential Election and Its Implications." Journal of International Security Affairs 7 (Summer 2004): 33-42.