CHEN SHUI-BIAN’S TWO YEARS AT THE HELM

Publication: China Brief Volume: 2 Issue: 13

By John F. Copper

On May 20, Taiwan’s President Chen Shui-bian celebrated his second anniversary in office, having won Taiwan’s second direct presidential election in March of 2000, turning out the Kuomintang (KMT) that had governed the island for more than half a century. It has been a trying two years and assessing Chen’s presidency is difficult. His record ranges from deftly handling bad situations to bungling and exhibiting poor leadership.

A STACKED DECK?