Chinese Nationalist Party

KMT Denies Considering Name Change for Party

KMT chair Johnny Chiang rejected suggestions that the party was considering changing its name last week, with signs of a growing internal split in the KMT. Chiang was asked about the issue after the party passed a resolution to seek to reestablish formal diplomatic ties between the ROC and the US. The resolution surprised, because of the KMT’s historical advocacy of unification between Taiwan and China...

Despite Moderate Tone During National Day Speech, China Strikes Back at Tsai Administration

During National Day, the celebration of the Republic of China’s founding, Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen struck a moderate tone in her state address. Tsai touted Taiwan’s successes fighting COVID-19 and economic growth in spite of the pandemic, while also promising to encourage innovation, and strengthen ties with the international world...

KMT Criticized After Claim that the National Palace Museum Collection is a Party Asset

A wave of backlash has ensued against the KMT after comments by a party representative at the party’s recent national congress arguing that the contents of the National Palace Museum’s collection belong to the party and can be considered a party asset. In particular, the comments are seen as reflective of the authoritarian views of the KMT, in that despite Taiwan’s democratization, some members of the party still view the KMT as synonymous with the state...

Tsai Administration Opens Taiwan to American Beef and Pork Imports, Angling for a Trade Agreement

The Tsai administration surprised last week, with the announcement that it intended to open Taiwan up to beef and pork imports from America. The move is one which is clearly aimed at removing one of the major political hurdles to a bilateral trade agreement with the US, the US having made this into a precondition of a bilateral trade agreement with Taiwan for well over a decade...