Taiwan's Transition to Democracy

Events

Taiwan is Ceded to Japan from China

1895

Taiwan returns to China after WW2

1945

228 incident

1947

Caused the white terror

Chiang Kai Shek imposes martial law

December 1948

Strict control, no leaving house at night

Nationalist leader Chiang Kai Shek loses civil war to Mao Zedong’s communist forces and flees to Taiwan with his troops

1949

Martial law is lifted by President Chiang Ching-Kuo

1987

Lee Teng-Hui is the first President voted for directly by the people.

1996

Lee Teng-Hui was the successor of Chiang Ching-Kuo, elected by the electoral college. He changed the system to direct votes for voters.

Chen Shui Bian is elected as president ending more than 5 decades of nationalist rule (part of dpp)

2000