Carnegie Endowment: 2016 Taiwan Elections and Cross-Strait Relations

The historic visit between Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou in November 2015 cemented the legacies of both leaders, but a projected Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) victory in Taiwan's January 16, 2016 elections could introduce new challenges and strains into cross-Strait relations.

In this podcast, Taiwan expert Shelley Rigger, who is Brown Professor of East Asian Politics, chair of Chinese Studies, and assistant dean for educational policy at Davidson College, joins Paul Haenle, director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, to assess the upcoming elections in Taiwan, the motivations behind the Xi-Ma meeting, changes in the DPP since 2000, and reasons for optimism about the future of cross-Strait ties.

Listen to the podcast or get the transcript here.


  • January 12, 2016