Protecting Taiwan Together
January 11, 2020 is an important page in the history of Taiwan’s democracy. The Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate was elected President of Taiwan with 8.17 million votes. This is Taiwan’s highest record of votes since the presidential election since 1996, and it is also a demonstration of Taiwan’s democratic consciousness. This was the fourth presidential election victory, following the ones in 2000, 2004 and 2016. Since the formation of the DPP, we have been advocating for promoting the innovative economy, safeguarding human rights, encouraging democracy, protecting sovereignty, sustaining a fair and inclusive society, and will continue to move Taiwan forward.
In 1945, after the end of the Second World War, the Kuomintang (KMT) fled to Taiwan from China and established an authoritarian regime. The people were denied their basic political and social rights and freedoms. Discontent brewed under the seemingly tranquil society.
After more than a decade of advocacy and protests, the dream of political reform and the longing for political and social rights became the inspiration for Taiwanese to fight for the democratization of this country.
In 2000, the DPP obtained victory in the Presidential election, and Taiwan experienced its first transition of political power. In 2004, the DPP was re-elected. The DPP pushed for better lives for the Taiwanese people. The remarkable quality of governance now serves as basis for future administrations.
Since the DPP’s founding, the party’s chairpersons are reflections of history and different political eras in Taiwan. Our journey was challenging; however, what has not changed is the DPP’s dedication to stand by and for the people and the commitment to defend this land.
Our pledge to Taiwan is our commitment to progressive values and dedication to reform and to lead Taiwan forward. We believe in universal human rights, transitional justice and constitutional reforms, so our citizens are treated equally regardless of their gender, age, ethnicity and religion.We sought for a confident Taiwan supported by civil society with open dialogues. We aim to solidify generational justice and to recapture citizens’ trust in the government. We strive for an eudemonic Taiwan with a comprehensive social welfare system and reduced wealth gap, so the people can enjoy joyful and quality lives.