The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) landslide victory in the parliamentary elections on 12 January 2008 in many ways demonstrated the wishes of the majority of the Taiwanese people to return to a pragmatic political policy of sensibility after years of tension with
The outcome can also be interpreted as an outright rejection of the ruling administration controversial policies of moving
The official Central Election Commission announced that the KMT has won 81 seats as against the DPP’s 27 seats and the balance of 5 seats to minor parties and independents, making up the 113-seat Legislative Yuan. Voter turnout was almost 60% of the 17 million eligible votes where for the first time the Chamber seats were reduced by half to improve the quality of the candidates and to reduce corruptions among elected assemblymen.
While the Chinese government has refused to speak to the ruling President because of his independence stand and his outright provocative political platform, there is a possibility they may negotiate with a new President from KMT. In recent years,
With its growing economic clout and political influence,
Over the past decade,
We believe the next President from the KMT would be a pragmatic and sensible person who will choose to avoid confrontation and work towards closer economic ties. With the KMT in power,
Closer economic ties with
Chen’s controversial politics has brought nothing but misery to the
On the diplomatic front,
Last week, there were diplomatic rumblings that there may be a diplomatic switch by
We will get to see a complete and clearer picture of the Taiwanese political situation. Meanwhile, lets’ wait and see what will happen on March 22 and beyond.