STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

The KMT’s Predicament: Cross-Strait Relations and Taiwan’s Domestic Politics

Prashant Kumar Singh is Associate Fellow at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.
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  • January 2021
    Volume: 
    45
    Issue: 
    1
    Commentaries

    On October 6, 2020, Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan (parliament) passed two important Resolutions, moved by the main opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT). These sought to ensure ‘US military aid in combating aggression by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’ and ‘a resumption of diplomatic relations between the US and Taiwan.’1 The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supported the Resolutions. Such a bipartisan consensus is rare in Taiwan’s deeply divided politics. This development underscored the political churn in KMT’s and Taiwan’s domestic politics, as well as its implications for cross-Strait relations.

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