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.
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