Beacon of Democracy: Taiwan as Hope for Chinese Civil Society

My research on the multifaceted impact of Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement on the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Whole article here.

Main Point: People in China are supporting democracy in Taiwan as part of their political liberalization. The demonstration effect of Taiwan’s democracy and its refutation of Beijing’s claims of Chinese exceptionalism both contribute to that liberalization, which the Chinese government considers a threat to its legitimacy. Over the long term, Chinese civil society’s support for Taiwan is likely to change the dynamics of cross-Strait relations. The world should take note of the significant benefits of Taiwan democracy for peace and stability in the region.