When Tsai Ing-wen visited Washington four year ago as the DPP presidential candidate, an unnamed U.S. “senior official” leaked comments to the Financial Times expressing doubts about her ability to properly manage cross-Straits relations. The incident was widely seen as a sign that the U.S. government favored the election of her KMT rival, Ma Ying-jeou….

At its national party congress on July 19, the ruling Kuomingtang (KMT) officially named Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu as its candidate for the January 2016 presidential election. The nomination put an end to months of speculation about who would be the KMT standard-bearer. When Party Chairman Eric Chu, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, and other…