Monday, January 16, 2012

2012 Presidential Elections: Taiwan

2012 is a huge year for presidential elections around the world. They happen every year, but it seems like this year has a larger number than usual of especially significant presidential elections. This may be biased because three of the countries I have closest ties to (the U.S., France, and Mexico) all have their presidential elections. Nonetheless, this series seems warranted for the sheer number of elections going on. Let me know if I miss any.

Ma Ying-jeou won re-election as the president of Taiwan last weekend. This is good news if you are for (short- and perhaps long-term) stability, closer ties with China, and economic development. This is bad news if you are for complete independence from China and regard that as the best avenue to economic development and social stability.

"Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God." (Romans 13:1 NIV).

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