This week Michael Turton (麥哲恩) is on vacation (but still is with us this week with a new article on Report.tw), so Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) is joined by Scott Ellinger (陳鷹), former US military and AIT official. Dragonslayer Jessica Drun took on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the World Health Organization over not providing crucial information to Taiwan due to pressure from China and gets banned from ICAO on Twitter (as was Donovan). AXIOS picked up the story and stirred international attention to the issue. The KMT reform committee has announced their agenda, intelligently focussing on four of the most crucial issues facing the party–but can they pull any of them off? Reforming the KMT’s cross-strait policies and the 1992 consensus is being talked about by big players in the party, but can they come up with a new formulation that appeases the PRC, satisfies their core base and appeals to the Taiwanese voting public? The PRC has already sent a shot across the bow to the KMT on the issue…
Johnny Chiang has entered the KMT chair race, but will the party embrace a Taiwanese patronage faction pol?
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