DPP

What Do Some Clamor for Removing the DPP Party Charter’s Independence Clause Ahead of the Inauguration?

Ahead of Lai Ching-te's presidential inauguration later this month, there have been some calls in DC for the DPP to remove its independence clause in the party charter. While the DPP already de facto froze the charter in 1999, ahead of Chen Shui-bian becoming president as the first non-KMT president in Taiwanese history through the adoption of the Resolution on Taiwan’s Future, for some this is not enough and the DPP should more firmly commit to a non-independence stance by removing the independence clause in the charter...

China Aims to Frame DPP as Reluctant to Open Up Tours with Partial Resumption

China's Taiwan Affairs Office has announced that it is allowing for Chinese travel to resume– except that only tourists from Fujian would be allowed to travel to Taiwan and they would only be allowed to visit Matsu. On the other hand, China has made the resumption of group tours between Taiwan and China contingent on whether ferry travel between Taipei, Taichung, and China’s Pingtan County, as well as other ferry services, is allowed to take place. The Chinese government also called for the resumption of direct flights between Taiwan and 29 Chinese cities....

Pan-Blue and Pan-Green Camp Contention Over Media Regulation Continues

A controversy involving illegal investments by SET News in March is likely to be leveraged on by the pan-Blue camp to attack the DPP. In particular, SET News has come under fire for violating promises to the National Communications Commission and investing in Homeplus Digital. The exchange took place in 2018, with SET TV co-founder Chang Rong-hua investing in shareholders of Homeplus Digital...

KMT Seeks to Expand Legislative Authority, Given the Pan-Blue Lead in the Legislative Yuan

A recent series of proposals from the KMT aims to expand the power of the legislature. This would allow legislators the ability to approve the appointment of officials, as well as conduct investigations of organizations, sections of government, the military, the police, and legal entities. To this extent, legislators would be granted the power to summon government officials and hold them in contempt for not complying, leading to fines of up to 300,000 NT...