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KMT Pushes for Formal US-Taiwan Ties in Course Change for Beijing-Friendly Party
October 09, 2020

KMT Pushes for Formal US-Taiwan Ties in Course Change for Beijing-Friendly Party

By Nick Aspinwall
Two recently passed resolutions hint at a strategic shift within the KMT, but could also be aimed at fracturing the ruling DPP’s careful approach toward relations with the U.S.

Taiwan Charges Five Politicians With Bribery, Sparking Criticism of Weak Lobbying Laws
September 26, 2020

Taiwan Charges Five Politicians With Bribery, Sparking Criticism of Weak Lobbying Laws

By Nick Aspinwall
Four of the lawmakers are charged with allegedly taking bribes from a business magnate, highlighting a lack of effective regulations on lobbying in Taiwan.
Taiwan’s KMT May Have a Serious ‘1992 Consensus’ Problem
September 25, 2020

Taiwan’s KMT May Have a Serious ‘1992 Consensus’ Problem

By Derek Grossman and Brandon Alexander Millan
Clinging to the consensus has won the party little respect from Beijing, while putting it out of step with the majority of Taiwanese opinion.

Can the KMT Reform – and Remain Relevant?
September 11, 2020

Can the KMT Reform – and Remain Relevant?

By David G. Brown
A new leader has brought new ideas, including on the sensitive question of cross-strait relations, but the old guard remains entrenched.

Tsai Takes a Political Risk to Pursue a Taiwan-US Trade Agreement
August 31, 2020

Tsai Takes a Political Risk to Pursue a Taiwan-US Trade Agreement

By Nick Aspinwall
Her Friday announcement that she would ease restrictions on U.S. pork and beef imports led to a backlash from opposition politicians and local farmers.

Chen Chi-mai Wins Kaohsiung Mayor By-Election, Leaving Taiwan’s KMT In Turmoil
August 20, 2020

Chen Chi-mai Wins Kaohsiung Mayor By-Election, Leaving Taiwan’s KMT In Turmoil

By Nick Aspinwall
The ruling DPP snatched back control of a southern stronghold while the opposition KMT is once again forced to reflect on its future.

The Glorious Contradictions of Lee Teng-hui
August 18, 2020

The Glorious Contradictions of Lee Teng-hui

By James Baron
Throughout his 97 years, Lee took on multiple identities as a Japanese, Communist, Chinese, Christian, and, finally, Taiwanese independence activist – matching the island’s many changes.
Former President Lee Teng-hui, Who Helped Birth Taiwan’s Democracy, Dies
July 31, 2020

Former President Lee Teng-hui, Who Helped Birth Taiwan’s Democracy, Dies

By Associated Press
Lee, the first native of Taiwan to hold the presidency, became famous for ushering in direct elections – and later for his pro-independence stance.

Taiwan Legislators Brawl Twice in 2 Weeks Over Government Watchdog Nomination
July 16, 2020

Taiwan Legislators Brawl Twice in 2 Weeks Over Government Watchdog Nomination

By Nick Aspinwall
KMT legislators stormed parliament Tuesday to block confirmation proceedings for Chen Chu, the nominee to head Taiwan’s government ombudsman body.

Changing of the Guard as William Lai Replaces Taiwan’s Epidemiologist Vice President
June 19, 2020

Changing of the Guard as William Lai Replaces Taiwan’s Epidemiologist Vice President

By Nick Aspinwall
Chen Chien-jen ended his single term as vice president after playing a key role in Taiwan’s successful COVID-19 response.

Taiwan’s ‘Han Wave’ Comes Crashing Down
June 10, 2020

Taiwan’s ‘Han Wave’ Comes Crashing Down

By Nick Aspinwall
Han Kuo-yu will be removed from his post after infuriating Kaohsiung residents during his brief tenure as mayor.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Begins Her Second Term
May 21, 2020

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Begins Her Second Term

By Nick Aspinwall
Tsai thanked the Taiwanese people for their unity and resilience in containing the COVID-19 outbreak and offered to engage in dialogue with Beijing.

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