The government of President Xi Jinping is conducting “one of the harshest” Chinese campaigns against civil society and peaceful dissent in the past decade, according to a prominent human rights activist. The campaign has come amid the pro-democracy protests that have roiled Hong Kong since September.
Alan D. Romberg, distinguished fellow and director at the East Asia program at the Stimson Center, discussed the impact of the Hong Kong protests on Taiwan and the island’s future relationship with Beijing. Taiwan’s voters on November 29 dealt a broad defeat to the ruling Kuomintang party, which has built up economic ties with China, instead electing local officials from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, which is less amenable to such ties.
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