Those who saw the film Sliding Doors will remember that the movie had two stories, the different story lines depending on whether the heroine caught a train or accidentally just missed it. Life, being sequentially linear, usually offers us no chance to find out what would have happened had a different choice been made at a crucial time. Taiwan politics however appears to be doing just that.
A major part of the history of the KMT in the 1990s was the conflict between Lee Teng-hui (
Think again. Chen and Lin are now about to re-enter the party, and in Lin's case not as a despised renegade, now penitent, who ran against his own party in a presidential election, but as a grandee of the party claiming what is rightfully his.
Which is where Sliding Doors come in. For having seen what would happen if Lee trounced his reunificationist enemies, either neutralizing them or pushing them out of the party, we are about to see what would have happened if fate had determined the story go in a different direction, with Lee himself forced out of any active role and his values rather than those of the new KMT Alliance and its sympathizers becoming the "non-mainstream."
Now we see the party beating the reunification drum more strongly than at any time since the days of Chiang Ching-kuo (
While this playing out in real life of a situation most of us only ever saw as counterfactual, a game of "what if" is bizarre, it is also useful, perhaps even necessary. We cannot help but feel that now the KMT has embraced not only the values but also the strategies of the New Party -- in neglecting its constituency in Taiwan in favor of posing as a cross-strait mediator -- it is heading for the same destiny: utter marginalization as a party of only ethnic appeal. This might be wishful thinking on our part, disliking reunificationism as we do. But if reunificationsim is anything other than a cause of crackpots, if it has some kind of political future among the mainstream of Taiwan political opinion, the KMT's participation in elections in the next couple of years is likely to find this out.
China took advantage of the vacuum left behind when US carriers stayed out of the western Pacific Ocean due to COVID-19 outbreaks on several US Navy warships. The Chinese government is solidifying its hold on artificial islands in the South China Sea by moving in missiles and surveillance equipment, and formalizing its occupation by creating two municipal districts in the region under Hainan Island’s Sansha — Xisha District on Woody Island (Yongxing Island, 永興島) to administer the Paracel Islands (Xisha Islands, 西沙群島) and Nansha District on Fiery Cross Reef (Yongshu Reef, 永暑島) to administer the Spratly Islands (Nansha Islands, 南沙群島) —
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