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Yearbook 2019

Taiwan. At the beginning of the year, Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a speech in which he described it as inevitable for Taiwan to reunite with Mainland China. According to Xi, Taiwan should be included in China under the principle of "one country, two systems", similar to Hong Kong, and China is willing to use any means to achieve this goal. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen appealed a few days later to the outside world for support for the country's sovereignty. An opinion poll presented a week later showed that over 80% of Taiwan's population is negative about a reunification with China.

2019 Taiwan

In January, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) elected a new party leader. According to CountryAAH, President Tsai resigned from this post after DPP backed heavily in the local elections in the fall of 2018. New party leader became Cho Jung-tai. In the same month, the Prime Minister's post also changed. Lai Ching-te had already stated that he would resign as a consequence of the 2018 election results. However, Tsai Ingwen herself did not give up, but announced in March that she intends to run for re-election in the 2020 presidential election. located in the southern part of the country. He won the Nationalist Party's primary election in July and thus became its presidential candidate. He Kuo-yu is described as populist, with improved relations to Beijing as one of his promises. An October poll showed that support for Tsai Ing-wen had increased and was at 50% compared to 38% for Han Kuo-yu. It was considered that the ongoing protests in Hong Kong favored the incumbent president and her attitude in relation to mainland China.

In May, Parliament voted in favor of a law that makes same-sex relationships legally recognized. Gay couples should now be able to apply for marriage registration. Taiwan thus became the first country in Asia to allow same-sex marriage. As recently as November, a referendum was held in which a majority said no to marriage between people of the same sex. However, in 2017 the country's constitutional court ruled that same-sex marriage must be approved and the government now solved the issue by proposing a special law in this area.

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