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Taiwan to Vote in Election that China Calls “Peace and War”

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Taiwan to Vote in Election that China Calls Peace and War

(V.News) –  On Saturday, Taiwan goes to the polls to elect a new president and parliament under the shadow of a Chinese assertiveness that has referred to the vote as a choice between “peace and war.”

According to Taiwan security officials, Beijing’s military and economic pressure on Taiwan could continue regardless of the outcome of the elections. Taipei continues to object strongly to Beijing’s claim to Taiwan, and Beijing has never renounced using force to subjugate it.

TSMC, the world’s largest contract chipmaker, is also based in Taiwan, a territorially important country to Beijing. With both major parties supporting Taiwan’s sovereignty but offering contrasting views on the island’s relations with China, the future of Taiwan’s fraught ties with its giant neighbor will be at stake in the elections.

DPP Vice President Lai Ching-te, a presidential candidate for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), offered talks with China and vowed not to upset the status quo in response to China’s threats. Lai said that Taiwan is in the midst of a battle between democracy and totalitarianism at a Tuesday campaign rally.

According to the DPP, Beijing is spreading fake news and exploiting military and economic pressure to interfere with the election. The Chinese government has branded those accusations against the DPP as dirty tricks and a ploy to “hype up” a threat to win votes.

China has staged two rounds of major war games in the past year and a half near Taiwan, including firing missiles into waters off the island in August 2022, as Beijing asserts sovereignty over the democratic island.

A leading opposition party in Taiwan, the Kuomintang (KMT), has attacked the DPP as separatists and pledged strong opposition to Taiwan’s independence. They also pledged to dialogue with China and continue to strengthen Taiwan’s defenses.

Taiwan’s presidential candidate, Hou Yu-ih, opposes Taiwan’s independence, will allow cross-strait peace, restart dialogue and exchanges, strengthen national defense, and let everyone live in peace in Taiwan.

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Taiwan to Vote in Election that China Calls Peace and War

Following a civil war with Mao Zedong’s communists, the defeated Republic of China government withdrew to Taiwan in 1949, establishing the People’s Republic of China. The Republic of China is Taiwan’s official name.

While both main parties believe Taiwan is already an independent country, they hold opposing views on relations with China. The KMT claims that both Taipei and Beijing are part of a single China, but each can interpret this differently under the “1992 consensus,” a tacit agreement signed between the then-KMT administration and China in 1992.

The DPP contends that Taiwan’s people should decide the country’s future, rejecting Beijing’s claims of sovereignty. If the DPP wins the presidential election, it will be the first time the party has held power for three consecutive terms since direct presidential voting began in 1996.

How China, where President Xi Jinping is embarking on a fresh anti-corruption sweep in the military and has persistent economic issues, reacts to the election results will be critical.

Taiwanese officials have frequently warned voters that Beijing is attempting to impact election outcomes through a “multifront” campaign, ranging from clandestine influence operations in temples and trade restrictions to financing low-cost vacations to China for local lawmakers and pressing a popular music band.

One Taiwanese security official, commenting on the condition of anonymity because to the sensitivity of the subject, said China might conduct more drills between the election and May 20, when the new president takes office.

“But certainly we must consider China’s problems, including its tolerance for international criticism,” the official went on to say. Since late December, Xi has repeatedly emphasized the significance of “reunification” with Taiwan in public statements, without mentioning the election or the use of force.

A second Taiwan security official warned that regardless of who is chosen, Beijing might exert economic pressure on the incoming leader before May 20, possibly by imposing anti-dumping charges on Taiwanese imports, after accusing Taiwan of installing unfair trade barriers last month.

According to an internal security assessment of various scenarios following the vote, Taiwan’s security units anticipate China will continue to whittle away at the few nations with official diplomatic ties with Taipei, which is now number 13, and increase its economic pressure, including trade inquiries.

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Taiwan to Vote in Election that China Calls Peace and War

In addition to the two major parties, the 2019-founded Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) has a third presidential candidate: Ko Wen-je, a former mayor of Taipei.

Despite the party’s present dismal representation in the legislature (only five seats out of 113), Ko has garnered the enthusiastic support of many young Taiwanese, who have shown up in droves to his campaign rallies to voice their disapproval of the exorbitant cost of housing and other necessities.

Both the DPP and the KMT have made winning a majority in parliament a central campaign issue, highlighting the importance of this election. Over the last four years, the DPP has controlled more than half of the legislature, giving it the ability to easily enact laws. After serving two consecutive four-year terms in office, DPP President Tsai Ing-wen is legally unable to compete for reelection.

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Thousands Descend on New York’s South Bronx for Trump Rally

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Former President Donald J. Trump at a rally in the Bronx: Reuters Image

Thousands of people have gathered on the South Bronx in New York for Donald Trump’s historic event on Thursday night, as he attempts to do what many believe is impossible: turn New York red for the first time since 1984.

Former President Trump’s devoted supporters braved heavy rain to gather at Crotona Park, hours before he was scheduled to take the stage in the deep-blue district that Joe Biden won with more than 60% of the vote in 2020.

Supporters lined up to listen to MAGA rappers, display tattoos honoring the GOP leader, and insist he can follow Ronald Reagan by winning in the Empire State.

People holding Dominican Republic and US flags chant while waiting in line to attend a demonstration for former US President Donald Trump at Crotona Park in the Bronx, New York.

Trump Resonating with Voters

While the gathering was not as diverse as the South Bronx as a whole, it did contain a considerable number of Black and Hispanic voters, with Spanish spoken throughout.

Ed Rosa, who made the short trek from the North Bronx, said he regrets voting for Biden in 2020 and intends to support Trump in November.

He believes the Democratic Party has “become too socialist” and is concerned about the economy and immigration crossing the southern border.

“For 50 years I was a Democrat and switched in the last three or four years,” said Rosa, 60, whose family is from Puerto Rico.

Some in the audience replied by yelling “Build the Wall,” a reference to Trump’s quest for a border barrier between the United States and Mexico while he was in office.

Trump portrayed himself as a better president for Black and Hispanic voters than Biden, slamming Biden’s immigration policy.

Biden’s Race Based Ads

He emphasized that “the biggest negative impact” of the flood of migrants in New York is “against our Black population and our Hispanic population, who are losing jobs, housing, and everything else they can lose.” They are the most affected by what is going on.”

On Thursday, the Biden team aired a pair of TV and radio ads criticizing Trump’s treatment of Black people. These included erroneous accusations that Barack Obama, the first African American president, was not born in the United States, as well as calls for the death of a group of Black and Hispanic adolescents convicted but later exonerated of raping a white lady jogging in New York’s Central Park in 1989.

Janiyah Thomas, Black media director for the Trump campaign, said in a statement that Biden was attempting to divert attention away from “terrible policies that are harming our community,” and that as a senator, Biden helped advance a bipartisan crime bill in 1994, which resulted in more Black men being imprisoned.

Source: Daily Mail, AP

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British Prime Minister Sunak Announces July 4th National Election

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British Prime Minister Sunak Announces July 4th National Election: Reuters Image

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a general election on Wednesday, citing July 4 as the date. After 14 years in power, his Conservatives are widely likely to lose to the opposition Labour Party.

Sunak, 44, stood outside his Downing Street office and announced that he was calling the election sooner than expected, a dangerous strategy given his party’s polling position.

“Now is the time for Britain to choose its future,” he added, highlighting highlights of his tenure in office, including the implementation of the so-called furlough program, which assisted businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We will have a general election on July 4.”

Sunak enters the election not only considerably behind the Labour Party in the polls, but also somewhat isolated from others in his party, relying on a small team of advisers to guide him through what promises to be a nasty campaign.

But, with some economic benefits, such as decreasing inflation and the economy growing at its quickest rate in over three years, he appears to have concluded it was time to take a risk and formally offer his program for a new term to voters.

Parties Prepare for Election

The former investment banker and finance minister took office less than two years ago and has since battled to explain his values, growing more upset that what he regards as his accomplishments have gone unnoticed.

Both parties have almost begun campaigning for the election, with their attack lines on the economy and defense already well defined.

Sunak and his government accuse Labour of being prepared to raise taxes if elected, and that the party would not be a safe set of hands for Britain in an increasingly perilous world because it has a plan, which the opposition disputes.

Labour accuses the government of 14 years of economic mismanagement, which has left people worse off, as well as a series of chaotic administrations that have failed to provide the stability that businesses want to stimulate growth.

If Labour wins the election, Britain, historically recognized for its political stability, will have six prime ministers in eight years, a first since the 1830s. Prior to the declaration, Labour stated that it was more than ready for an election.

“We are totally prepared to go whenever the Prime Minister declares an election. We have a fully structured and operational campaign ready to go, and we believe the country is ripe for a general election,” Labour leader Starmer’s spokeswoman told reporters.

Labour Ahead by 20 Points

Last week, Starmer launched his party’s election campaign by promising to “rebuild Britain” and outlining the first steps Labour would take if it formed the next administration.

Labour is roughly 20 percentage points ahead of Sunak’s Conservatives in opinion surveys, but some party officials are anxious that their lead is not as strong as it appears, worrying that many voters are undecided.

Sunak may be attempting to play on this uncertainty while also confusing Labour, which has yet to nominate all of its parliamentary candidates, according to a party veteran.

Sunak will also hope that economic achievements and the first flights in his centerpiece immigration plan, which involves sending illegal asylum seekers to Rwanda, will bolster his party’s fortunes. The earliest probable date for these flights is June 24, ten days before the election.

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Biden’s 2024 Re-Election Campaign Bleeding Donors Over Gaza

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Biden continues to lag behind: Getty Images

The April fundraising totals of President Joe Biden’s 2024 campaign fell behind those of his opponent Donald Trump for the first time since the former president intensified his joint operation with the Republican National Committee and hosted high-dollar fundraisers.

After Joe Biden halted arms shipments to Israel in support of its conflict with Hamas, donors who never before considered supporting Donald Trump are now contemplating cast their millions in his direction.

Four donors who contributed tens of millions of dollars during the 2020 election cycle have informed The Free Press that, now that they are aware of Biden’s stance on the Israeli conflict, they are reconsidering their contributions.

The Biden and Democratic National Committee campaigns reported raising over $51 million in April, which is less than the $90 million they raised in March and the $76 million reported by the Republican Party and Donald Trump for the month, according to the campaigns.

Since securing the Republican presidential nomination in March, Trump is now eligible to solicit contributions from the Republican National Committee.

The initial days of April witnessed a record-breaking $50.5 million in donations collected by Trump during an event at the residence of billionaire investor John Paulson in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump has proposed Paulson as a prospective Treasury secretary.

Trump out raising Biden

On Monday, the Save America entity affiliated with Trump filed a report with the Federal Election Commission detailing legal expenses exceeding $3.3 million for the month.

The April fundraising efforts of the Trump campaign were characterized as “extraordinarily remarkable” in light of the candidate’s near-daily confinement to a courtroom for the past four weeks in opposition to Biden’s trial, the campaign said in a statement.

More than five months remain until the November 5 election, and national polls tie Biden and Trump. However, recent polls indicate that Trump holds a slight advantage in the battleground states that will determine the outcome of the election.

The Telegraph reports that on economic issues such as inflation, Trump receives higher approval ratings from voters in general compared to Biden, which is causing concern within the Biden campaign.

Externally, the campaign exudes an aura of unwavering assurance. The organization consistently disparages Trump and the Republicans in its press releases and has allocated tens of millions of dollars towards advertising to support this position.

It disregards polling that consistently indicate the president’s weakness on a national level and, more significantly, in every pivotal swing state. Neither can the campaign assert with credibility that everything is in order, nor have they explicitly embraced the underdog status that the polls appear to bestow.

Biden continues to lag behind with less than six months until Election Day and only four months until early voting begins in three states. An unsuccessful candidate who gained the popular vote at this juncture dates back to 1992.

It is evident that Biden is challenging recent political events, considering Trump’s advantage in the Electoral College, which he likely retains even if he loses the popular vote by two to three percentage points, as he did in 2016.

Biden’s number dismal

Further examination of the data makes matters worse for him. At this time, Biden’s employment approval is at an all-time low for a first-term president. Approximately forty percent is where he stands, which is a tier below where Trump was at the same juncture.

Regardless of the advertising campaigns, positive media coverage, or gradual decline in inflation, his situation has not improved. Without a doubt, the campaign is cognizant of the fact that re-election for an American president has been unattainable with such dismal poll numbers, at least since Harry Truman in 1948.

This likely explains Biden’s unexpected gambit of challenging Trump to a June 27 debate. In general, incumbents avoid debates unless compelled to do so.

The explicit desire for a debate by Biden, which occurs prior to either candidate receiving official nomination from their party, indicates that he is cognizant of the fact that he is deeply trailing and must act swiftly to regain momentum.

Biden’s low favorability indicates that even a credible performance will not right the ship if Trump maintains his position. Biden must make a significant decision if the surveys continue to reflect this dismal state in early August, subsequent to a substantial debate and considerable additional expenditure amounting to tens of millions.

The party is unable to compel him to leave in accordance with the convention proceedings. Almost all the delegates will be secured for him, and they are frequently pledged to and elected directly by Biden. Therefore, Biden has the option to quit the ticket or not.

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