The KMT’s Identity Crisis in Taiwan Is Bad News for Beijing

A supporter of Han Kuo-yu, Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election candidate for the KMT, holds a Taiwan flag as he waits for the start of a campaign rally in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Jan 10, 2020 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).
A supporter of Han Kuo-yu, Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election candidate for the KMT, holds a Taiwan flag as he waits for the start of a campaign rally in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Jan 10, 2020 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR Newsletter and Engagement Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curates the week’s top news and expert analysis on China. The new head of the traditionally pro-China Kuomintang party, or KMT, is promising to take a harder line against Beijing’s influence in Taiwan. Lawmaker Chiang Chi-chen was elected chairman of the KMT on Saturday in the wake of the party’s defeats in Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections earlier this year. China’s campaign to bring Taiwan under its control was a major factor in that vote, and it could be dealt another blow if the KMT reconsiders its closer ties […]

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