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A Veterans’ Group Is Pushing the KMT Into Irrelevance
April 26, 2022

A Veterans’ Group Is Pushing the KMT Into Irrelevance

By Benjamin Chen
The Huang Fuxing, a veteran-dominated chapter of the KMT, will determine the future of the oldest political party in Asia.

The KMT’s Defense Policy: Toward a Symmetric Posture
April 01, 2022

The KMT’s Defense Policy: Toward a Symmetric Posture

By Dee Wu
Taiwan's opposition party has adopted a very different posture on defense issues than the ruling DPP.
Taiwan’s Tsai Lifts Import Ban on Food From Nuclear Disaster-Hit Area of Japan
February 16, 2022

Taiwan’s Tsai Lifts Import Ban on Food From Nuclear Disaster-Hit Area of Japan

By Brian Hioe
The import ban on foods from Fukushima and nearby provinces has long been a stumbling block to closer economic relations between Taiwan and Japan, but Tsai Ing-wen is taking a political gamble by lifting the restrictions.

KMT Served Double Defeat in Taiwan’s Latest Recall and By-Election
January 10, 2022

KMT Served Double Defeat in Taiwan’s Latest Recall and By-Election

By Brian Hioe
A recall against independent Freddy Lim fell short, and the KMT's candidate lost a by-election to fill another seat vacated by a previous recall campaign.

DPP Sweeps Taiwan’s Latest Referendum Vote
December 20, 2021

DPP Sweeps Taiwan’s Latest Referendum Vote

By Brian Hioe
The ruling party's preferred position won out in all four questions, including a proposal on reinstating a ban on U.S. pork imports.

Eric Chu Wins KMT Chair Election
September 27, 2021

Eric Chu Wins KMT Chair Election

By Brian Hioe
KMT stalwart Chu won handily in the end, but the challenge posed by deep-Blue candidate Chang Ya-chung is notable.

Taiwanese Presidents Will Not and Can Not Unilaterally Change Taiwan’s Status
September 21, 2021

Taiwanese Presidents Will Not and Can Not Unilaterally Change Taiwan’s Status

By Brian Hioe and Lev Nachman
A single leader cannot make Taiwan independent or unify it with the People Republic of China. Even trying either course would be political suicide.
Pay Attention to the KMT’s Chair Election
September 15, 2021

Pay Attention to the KMT’s Chair Election

By David G. Brown
The coming election may set the future course for the KMT, currently Taiwan’s main opposition party.

The Politics of Taiwan’s COVID-19 Response
September 10, 2021

The Politics of Taiwan’s COVID-19 Response

By Brian Hioe
Taiwan's first real COVID-19 outbreak engendered fierce political debates between the DPP and the KMT.

Afghanistan’s Collapse: The View From Taiwan
August 25, 2021

Afghanistan’s Collapse: The View From Taiwan

By Brian Hioe
How are Taiwan’s various political players interpreting the U.S. withdrawal, and the subsequent fall of Kabul?

The Tragedy of Taiwan’s ‘Recall Revenge’
July 20, 2021

The Tragedy of Taiwan’s ‘Recall Revenge’

By Lev Nachman and Brian Hioe
The goal of Taiwan’s recall and referendum reforms was to empower civil society against entrenched politicians. The result has been the exact opposite.
Taiwan’s Referendum Mayhem
March 13, 2021

Taiwan’s Referendum Mayhem

By Lev Nachman and Brian Hioe
Tracing the political stances and stakes of four upcoming referendums.

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