Harrison, M, Beijing imposes ban onChinese travellers going to Taiwan on their own amid strained relations: Interview with Christina Zhou, ABC Asia Pacific Newsroom, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia, 1 August (2019) [Media Interview]
Official URL: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-01/beijing-imp...
Dr Harrison believes the decision was likely related to upcoming Taiwan presidential elections in 2020, and given the specific timing, the decision had likely already been in the works for some time.
"This might be part of broad thinking about 'what China can do in order to intervene in the election'," Dr Harrison said.
He added that it would allow Beijing to give preferred presidential candidate and Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu a situation that he would be able to solve.
"It's a calibrated action that is trying to avoid blowback against Beijing in ways that would hurt the presidential candidate they would prefer to see win," he said.
"It does give Han Kuo-yu something to say, and although it is very early days, he has had some headwinds in his campaign so far."
|Item Type:||Media Interview|
|Keywords:||Taiwan China international relations tourism|
|Research Division:||Human Society|
|Research Group:||Political science|
|Research Field:||Government and politics of Asia and the Pacific|
|Objective Division:||Law, Politics and Community Services|
|Objective Group:||International relations|
|Objective Field:||International political economy (excl. international trade)|
|UTAS Author:||Harrison, M (Dr Mark Harrison)|
|Deposited By:||Office of the School of Social Sciences|
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