Ketagalan Media:Power Struggle Inside the KMT: Can It Reform and Infuse Young Blood?

In the aftermath of the electoral defeat on January 11th, internal struggle within the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) is increasingly surfacing. Different factions with conflicting demands are wrestling for power publicly and privately. Discourse currently are revolving around whether KMT’s current pro-unification, pro-Beijing platforms are sustainable for the party’s future. Public support for the KMT […]

Focus Taiwan: Legislature passes 2020 central government budget

Taipei, Jan. 20 (CNA) The Legislative Yuan on Monday passed the central government budget for 2020, which projects a budget surplus of roughly NT$30 billion, or about 1.4 percent of total spending. In final budget negotiations, lawmakers cut the Cabinet’s proposed expenditure by 1.17 percent to NT$2.077 trillion (US$68.72 billion) and added NT$4.76 billion to […]

Focus Taiwan: Former Taipei mayor announces run for KMT chairman

Taipei, Jan. 20 (CNA) Former Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said Monday that he will run for chairman of the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT), making him the third person to announce their candidacy. National Taiwan University Professor Chang Ya-chung (張亞中) and Blue Sky Action Alliance Chairman Wu Chih-chang (武之璋) have also said they will vie […]

Taipei Times: Taiwan only definable by Taiwanese, Mayor Ko says

… Reporters asked Ko, who is on a European trip, about a joint statement by China and Myanmar on Saturday that the two nations adhere to the “one China” principle and recognize Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang as inalienable parts of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). … “I think it is very strange, because why […]

Taipei Times: A-bian’s TAPA starts dissolution

The Taiwan Action Party Alliance (TAPA) yesterday announced that it has begun the dissolution process. The decision followed the announcement on Jan. 12 by former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), the party’s spiritual head, that he was withdrawing from politics. TAPA failed to win any seats in Jan. 11’s legislative elections. It received 143,617 votes, or […]

Taipei Times: Tsai as DPP chairperson opposed by 45%: survey

… According to the DPP charter, a member who has been elected president can also serve as party chair. If the president does not want to be chair, an election would be held to choose one. Asked whether Tsai should double as party chairperson, 8.7 percent of respondents “agreed wholeheartedly” and 22.3 percent were in […]