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2020-01-08 | 公共電視

2020 Elections Draw Hundreds of Overseas Reporters to Taiwan|台灣大選國際關注 上百家國際媒體來台

Taiwan's 2020 presidential elections have drawn a vast number of overseas media attention. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, about a hundred international media, with over 200 reporters are visiting Taiwan to cover the election. Many international media have pointed out, that due to Hong Kong's Anti-extradition Bill Protests and the prominence of fake news in China, the results of this election are especially important.

The 2020 Presidential Elections will take place on Jan. 11 and candidates are all trying their best to make the most of the remaining few days to campaign. The election has also drawn vast attention from media overseas. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, over 200 reporters are visiting from overseas to cover the election. Many of them are expatriates that were stationed in Hong Kong and Beijing, as they feel that Taiwan's elections are closely tied to Hong Kong's issues. Some also share the same observations of The New York Times, that many officials and experts are concerned that China is experimenting on manipulating social media to affect voters.

To see how this country tries to deal with this kind of phenomenon which we can see in the US, also in Germany and in other countries and besides that we are very interested in the result of the election because we think it's going to influence the relationship to China and also internationally.

Some Koreans feel that Today's Hong Kong may be Tomorrow's Taiwan, and the day after tomorrow's Korea. We come to see how the pressure on Hong Kong is like and how China's pressure is on Taiwan.

Taiwan and Hong Kong really are on the front lines of this battle, this ideological battle with the Chinese Communist Party and so Americans are very interested in seeing how this is playing out and what people from the Unites States can learn from it as well.

Aside from reporting on the presidential elections, foreign media are also very interested in the elections for legislators, especially on those that are related to national defense and foreign policies. Some foreign media said that Taiwan's election is an indicator of Asia's elections and that they will focus on whether fake news from China will infiltrate Taiwan and impact the election results. In Europe, Taiwan's election has also drawn a lot of attention. Many political heavyweights, including councilors from Sweden and Ireland, have all formed groups to visit Taiwan to observe the election.

There's four people in the group that's made up of Swedish Councilors, while there's five people in the Denmark scholar group and there's also five people in the Councilor group from Ireland.

Scholars and politicians from nearby countries such as Japan and Hong Kong have also formed tour groups to visit. Meanwhile, American scholars and experts have already arrived and are paying visits to the campaign offices of the candidates while they await to view the results of the election on Jan. 11. The Foreign Minister of Taiwan, Joseph Wu, will soon be holding an international media press conference to introduce Taiwan's culture and its democratic voting mechanisms. An international seminar on how the new political environment will affect Taiwan and its relations with other countries will also be held after the election has concluded.

週六即將投票,各陣營積極宣傳衝刺,不只國內媒體總動員,外國媒體也相當關注,根據外交部統計有超過200名外籍記者在台採訪大選,不少是由派駐香港及北京記者特地來台,除了與香港議題有關,有些觀察點也與紐約時報報導相同,顯示官員與專家憂心,中國正在實驗操弄社群媒體,來影響選民。

英文德國電視二台記者 施丹妮表示:「看看這個國家(台灣)如何應對,這種現象(中國假訊息),這同樣在美國、德國,還有其他國家也能看到。此外,我們對於大選的結果,非常有興趣,因為我們覺得,這影響與中國和國際關係。」

韓國每日新聞記者 許東爀表示:「有的韓國人覺得,今天的香港,是明天的台灣,是後天的韓國,來看香港的壓力是怎麼樣?中國對台灣的壓力是怎麼樣?」

CHINA UNCENSORED主持人 Chris Chappell表示:「台灣和香港確實處於,與中國共產黨,進行意識形態鬥爭的最前線,美國對選舉結果非常有興趣,看看美國人民可以從中學到什麼。」

外國媒體不只採訪總統大選,就連立委選情也很在乎,尤其是國防外交政策,外媒表示台灣大選是亞洲選舉的指標,現在中國假訊息氾濫,是否有滲透或將會影響選舉結果都是觀察點,就連歐洲政要也組成觀選團,瑞典與愛爾蘭都有議員團訪台,顯示高度重視。

外交部歐洲司副司長 柯良叡表示:「瑞典的國會議員團它是四個人,丹麥學者團是五個人,還有愛爾蘭的國會議員團也是五個人。」

鄰近國家,日本香港政界學界也都有組團來訪,美國大批專家學者的觀選團,也抵達台灣,拜會各個競選總部,和觀察開票結果,外交部長吳釗燮也將舉辦與國際媒體記者會,說明國情與民主選舉制度,選後也會有國內外情勢的國際研討會。

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