China's hope to unify Taiwan is in fact similar to the Chinese Nationalist Party's (KMT) hope to unify with the People First Party (PFP) and the New Party. Both China and the KMT are parent entities trying to draw separated and independent bodies back into itself. But these individual entities are already conscious of their independence and therefore resist unification.
\nNevertheless, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the KMT seem to have different strategies regarding unification. In the past, the KMT applied public pressure to try to force the PFP and the New Party to come back. But its attempts repeatedly failed. Now, the KMT has adopted a new strategy -- luring them over by gain -- which has produced better results. In fact, the New Party announced on Wednesday that the party's eight candidates will run in the year-end legislative elections under the name of the KMT, to allow for more legislator-at-large seats. The New Party's action may further worsen the struggles between the pan-blue camp's own candidates. But the party is integrating into the body of the KMT, and unification will inevitably result.
\nAlthough KMT Chairman Lien Chan (
In November last year, a man struck a woman with a steel bar and killed her outside a hospital in China’s Fujian Province. Later, he justified his actions to the police by saying that he attacked her because she was small and alone, and he was venting his anger after a dispute with a colleague. To the casual observer, it could be seen as another case of an angry man gone mad for a moment, but on closer inspection, it reflects the sad side of a society long brutalized by violent political struggles triggered by crude Leninism and Maoism. Starting
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