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Taiwan DPP Looking at Major Defeat

by Oui Sat Nov 26th, 2022 at 08:33:27 PM EST

Interesting, does the people of Taiwan (Taipei election) reject Biden's aggressive policy to confront China?

See update below … this was the case as the DPP pushed the China issue during the campaign, there is hope.


China commemorates 150th anniverary of Sun Yat-sen's birth

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Xi Jinping said that the best tribute to Sun Yat-sen is to continue the pursuit for a rejuvenated China that he had dreamed of.

"The best way we commemorate Sun Yat-sen is to learn and carry forward his invaluable spirit, to unite all that can be united and mobilize all that can be mobilized to carry on the pursuit for a rejuvenated China that he had dreamed of," Xi, who is also Chinese President and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, said in a speech.

Born in 1866, Sun was the founder of the Kuomintang Party, and is a revered revolutionary leader who played a pivotal role in overthrowing imperial rule in China.

Close ties between the Biden administration and President Tsai (DPP)

Pelosi to Visit Chiang Kai-shek's Formosa

Taiwan People's Party a rising third force in traditional two-party political landscape

The Taiwan People's Party does not campaign on the island's independence like the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, nor does it bear the baggage of reunification with China like the opposition Kuomintang.

2022 ELECTIONS: DPP routed across the board

BLUE WAVE: The KMT's Chiang Wan-an defeated the DPP's Chen Shih-chung and is to become Taipei mayor, while President Tsai Ing-wen stepped down as DPP chairperson after many of the party's candidates, handpicked by the leadership, performed poorly

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday flipped key mayoral seats in Taipei, Taoyuan and Keelung, and won control of 13 out of 22 cities and counties in the nine-in-one local elections.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) last night resigned as Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairperson over a poor showing by the party's candidates, who were handpicked by the DPP leadership rather than chosen through primaries.

The Taiwan People's Party (TPP) won its first high-profile race with Hsinchu mayoral candidate Ann Kao (高虹安) defeating Shen Hui-hung (沈慧虹) of the DPP with 45.02 percent of the vote to Shen's 35.68 percent.

From the diaries …

Taiwan Elections LQD | by Metatone on Jan 19th, 2008 |

BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Taiwan nationalists in huge win (12 January 2008)

Posted by das monde …

The February 28, 1947 massacre in Taiwan

The 228 Incident or 228 Massacre was an uprising in Taiwan that began on February 28, 1947 and was suppressed by the Kuomintang (KMT) government, resulting in between ten thousand to twenty [or 30] thousand civilians killed. [This] event is now commemorated in Taiwan as Peace Memorial Day. Official government policy had repressed the education of the events until recently, for various reasons. Many of the details of the incident are still highly controversial and hotly debated in Taiwan today.

Opium wars in South-East Asia and the CIA

CIA and Drugs Revisited | posted by hfiend @BooMan on Apr 21, 2005 |

In the 50’s the CIA supported a pointless war backing Chiang Kai-Sheck’s Kuomintang (KMT) in attempt to retake mainland China. The KMT took refuge in nearby Burma where they persuaded locals to grow raw materials for drug production rather than food.  Using incoming Civil Air Transport (CAT) planes, run by Sea Supply, Inc. (which later became Air America), transporting food to Burma and weapons to the KMT, the returning planes were filled with opium for sale and distribution in Taiwan and Thailand. This was all coordinated and funded by the CIA and the American taxpayer.

The proliferation of drug funded wars in Southeast Asia spread through Burma and northern Thailand into Laos, a region known as the Golden Triangle for its lucrative poppy production and the effects of these processed poppies on the population.   In 1954, heroin exports were moving through Saigon, no action was made to do anything as to protect the anti-Communist mafia in South Vietnam and their source of revenue.  According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), “the policy was not to stop the drug business in Vietnam but to win the war.”  In the early 60’s Air America began providing free transportation for Vietnamese groups as a reward for loyal service and bravery.   Air America became the most efficient means of transportation for regional drug trade.  By the mid 60’s intelligence reports indicated drug trade was a supplement for anti-communist activities.

[Update-1]

Attention turns to presidential poll after Taiwan ruling party thrashing | CNBC |

Attention is turning to Taiwan’s next presidential election in 2024 after the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was thrashed at local elections on Saturday, with President Tsai Ing-wen’s move to focus on China backfiring with voters.

The main opposition party the Kuomintang, or KMT, romped to victory in the mayoral and county elections, winning 13 of the 21 seats up for grabs, including the wealthy and cosmopolitan capital Taipei, in line with expectations.

The KMT traditionally favors close ties with China but strongly denies being pro-Beijing. It had been on the back foot since 2020′s presidential election loss, and also suffered a blow last December after four referendums it had championed as a show of no confidence in the government failed.

Speaking to reporters late on Saturday at party headquarters, its chairman Eric Chu said the KMT understood that only by uniting could it win.

“Taiwan’s people have given us an opportunity,” he said. “Being selfless is the only chance that the KMT could win the 2024 election.”

Tsai resigned as DPP chairwoman after the defeat, the worst showing in the party’s history, and is now left with just five mayor or county chief positions.

She had framed the vote as being about showing defiance to China’s rising bellicosity, especially after it held war games near the island in August and President Xi Jinping, who has vowed to bring Taiwan under Chinese control, won an unprecedented third term in office last month.

But Tsai’s strategy failed to mobilize voters, who disassociated geopolitics from the local elections which traditionally focus more on issues from crime to pollution.

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