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Thursday, April 13, 2006

The wandering KMT

The ex-chairman of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), Lien Chan, is scheduled to enjoy his red carpet treatment (again) surrounded by huge, cheering crowds during his third visit to China. Prior to his departure, Lien specifically announced that he is not a messenger of the Taiwan president. In return, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader, Hu Jintao, has prepared a luxurious banquet tonight to shower Lien with China's warm welcome. The main purpose of Lien's visit to China is to sign a “cross-Strait peace agreement.” Well, it sounds like a trimphant move for the KMT, isn't it? Hang on a sec before telling me what you think. I have a couple of questions to ask.

First of all, although Bush administration's popularity keeps dropping in the US, I'd like to know whether the American readers think that it can be justified if Howard Dean goes on a high-profile parade in Iran or Libya and unilaterally sign a "peace treaty" or memorandum on behalf of the US government? Secondly, despite of the frictions between S. Korea and N. Korea, does the opposition party in S. Korea bypass their democratically elected president to produce agreement with the dictatorship in Pyongyang?

I hope the above two questions help you understand how bizarre the KMT-CCP hand-shaking scene looks to me. If Lien is a politician with integrity, he needs to be very very careful with his move as anything the KMT signs unilaterally does not represent the people of Taiwan. In addition, if the CCP wants to talk to Taiwan, they are apparently talking to the wrong guy.

As for the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) which is constantly brown-nosing the CCP now, it looks to me that this wandering, homeless political party has gone to the status that it's willing to sleep with anyone in exchange of some political power, even if the other party was their worst enemy.


Blogger Bra Fatts said...

Can't but help wondering what old CKS would make of all of this?

6:22 PM, April 15, 2006  
Blogger Jen said...

It's hard to say as we first have to put ourselves in a dictator's shoes to figure out what he would think of this.

Don't know whether KMT realizes that they can survive in Taiwan now because the political system here allows multiple parties and open election. Once they make it back (if they ever can) to their beloved "homeland", let's see how the CCP would tolerate another party on their territory

11:16 AM, April 18, 2006  
Blogger Hansel said...

To me, both the ccp and kmt were cut from the same cloth, except that mao was alot more ruthless (or more so, a legalist).

8:11 AM, April 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry about Lien, even pan-Blues don't like him. Even better--it looks like Lien never does anything when he goes to China. Is it really his presence, his negotiating skills that gets the agreement? It's all about pretending that there is something being negotiated when really the only thing that's happening is China is unilaterally saying, here, take these economic incentives which we will try to use to make you unify. It's completely one sided! It's so funny to say that it's some kind of big negotiation or big meeting or that the KMT plays any role. They have nothing to give China in return! China wants to do all these things anyways! It's so ridiculous, but anyways, Ma doesn't care that Lien goes, precisely because it's worthless in the first place.

10:06 PM, April 28, 2006  
Anonymous Ed en Vadrouille said...

I'll agree with what Hansel said, they are the same people who just got into different side. Same practice, same respect of the average joe, same dirty business...
Sadly the DPP isnt much better...

I actually got a post on that a weeks ago (it is a pitty i didnt see this first):

3:31 AM, May 13, 2006  

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