With Africans increasingly taking charge of security governance on their continent, this Brief assess to what extent the African Union’s partnership with the EU is truly strategic. Have the two continents finally managed to overcome the donor-recipient dynamic which long dominated their relationship?
On 16 January, the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won a double victory over the ruling party, the Kuomintang (KMT). DPP candidate Tsai Ing-wen was elected president with 56% of the vote, and for the first time the party won a majority in the Legislative Yuan – Taiwan’s parliament – with 68 of the 113 seats.
Taiwan’s foreign policy will remain highly dependent on the evolution of cross-strait relations, as well as US-China relations. But much uncertainty remains over Tsai’s ‘China policy’, the adjustment of Beijing’s own strategy and the overall evolution of cross-strait relations in the coming months and years.