Though the KMT and PFP have been consummate bedfellows since agreeing to cooperate after the Dec. 1 legislative elections, numerous political developments could threaten the relationship, analysts say.
\nWhile the two share the same pro-China ideology, the PFP and KMT don't agree on all the issues.
\nIn addition, there's the rising star of KMT member and Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who may be a contender for the presidency in 2004 against PFP Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜).
\n"The opposition and ruling party differ on as many as 90 percent of the issues, which makes it rather natural for the two opposition parties to cooperate," said Emile Sheng (盛治仁), an assistant professor of political science at Soochow University.
\nStill, that doesn't mean that the KMT and PFP will always see eye to eye.
\nIn addition to reform issues, Sheng said, conflicts could arise over a DPP proposal to investigate the KMT's assets and return to the government property that was stolen by the former ruling party.
\n"The real test comes only when there are cases concerning partisan interests," Sheng said. "This kind of test hasn't occurred so far."
\nAfter the DPP became the largest party in the legislature as a result of the Dec. 1 elections, KMT Chairman Lien Chan (
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