Timothy S. Rich
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Timothy S. Rich is a professor of political science and the director of the International Public Opinion Lab (IPOL) at Western Kentucky University. His main research focuses on the electoral politics of Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan. His broader research interests include the domestic and international politics of East Asia, and qualitative and quantitative methods.
The emphasis on the tangible costs of abandoning the 'Chinese Taipei' Olympic name appears to have won over voters unable to identify the benefits of trying to compete as 'Taiwan'.
Losing diplomatic partners does not hamper Taiwan's ability to interact internationally and may in fact just save some aid dollars.
The new South Korean President’s interest in engagement with North Korea may aid in improving relations with China, providing greater means to entice North Korea with both carrots and sticks, argues Timothy Rich.