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

    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.

    January 2021

    What Does Success Against COVID-19 Mean for Taiwan?

    The ruling DPP Government in Taiwan is likely to further build on the gains made in domestic politics and in ‘pragmatic diplomacy’ internationally, occasioned by COVID-19, without indulging in any geopolitical exuberance.

    July 20, 2020

    Mahesh Belavi asked: How is Taiwan geo-strategically important to China?

    Raviprasad Narayanan replies: Taiwan is geo-strategically located with the South China Sea on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other side. As a geo-political asset, the control of Taiwan will give China access to the broad sweep of the Pacific and the littoral. The Pacific Ocean is known for being the backwater of the United States. Japan being quiescent and defensive about its past suits China most.

    When the Taiwanese Came Calling: Chinese Reaction and the Indian Response

    Clarity, firmness and sticking to the positive territory of the relations have to be essential elements in India’s approach towards Taiwan.

    March 03, 2017

    Assessing Power Transition in Taiwan: From KMT to DPP

    Assessing Power Transition in Taiwan: From KMT to DPP

    The return of DPP to power is a significant development from the point of view of cross-strait relations and security in East Asia. Given its growing thrust on ‘Act East’, India needs to take note of the political shift in Taiwan and its likely impact at the wider regional level.

    June 01, 2016

    Exciting times for Taiwan

    Like in earlier elections in Taiwan this time too the polls are a close contest both at the Presidential and Parliamentary levels.

    January 13, 2012

    China, Japan spat in East China Sea

    If the China-Japan maritime dispute in the East China Sea is not tackled and left to linger, it would have a serious impact on regional security.

    September 22, 2010

    Pentagon Report on China: Assessment or Exaggeration?

    Even though the report is fairly cautious in what it says and does not highlight anything new, the reactions on the Chinese side have not been that positive.

    August 26, 2010

    Seeking Truth from Facts: The Sino-Taiwanese Trade Pact

    While the economies of China and Taiwan are getting integrated and there has been increasing contact between the people across the strait, the two sides are maintaining a studied silence on unification.

    July 22, 2010

    Taiwan’s Unending Dialogue over ECFA

    The fundamental ideological difference between the KMT and DPP supporters makes the debate on ECFA more complicated than it needs to be actually, with a peculiar intermix of politics and economics.

    June 01, 2010