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China’s Mid-Election Information Campaign in Taiwan

In the midst of the struggle between authoritarian influence and democratic resilience, Taiwan stands at the forefront of China’s sharp power. The People’s Republic of China has always claimed that Taiwan is “an inalienable part of its territory since the beginning of history.” But in recent years Beijing has become increasingly impatient and agitated as Taiwanese, especially Taiwanese youth, grow increasingly distant from their Chinese identity. According to a survey conducted by the National Chengchi University (NCCU) Election Studies Center (ESC) in Taipei, Taiwan, the proportion of Taiwanese who identify themselves as only Taiwanese increased from 22 percent in 1994 to approximately 60 percent in 2018. Those who identify as both Chinese and Taiwanese, declined significantly from 50 percent to less than 40 percent, while more than 90 percent of those surveyed considered themselves to be Taiwanese.[1] Meanwhile, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has  pressured the Taiwanese with diplomatic isolation by poaching Taiwan’s diplomatic allies, pushed Taiwanese businesses and entertainers to declare their…
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