The standoff between the KMT and the DPP over the service trade agreement is a terrible state of affairs. The KMT has acted in a self-righteous manner, failed to communicate enough, showed that it is not prepared and has been unable to come up with any complementary measures. The DPP has shown that it is merely interested in politics, applies double standards and is incapable of coming up with any alternative strategies. With this lack of dialogue between the ruling and opposition parties, Taiwan will continue to regress, South Korea will leave it further behind and the nation’s marginalization will become increasingly severe.
Julian Kuo is a former Democratic Progressive Party legislator.
Translated by Drew Cameron