The Economist: "Taiwan nudges towards independence"

On 7 December 1997, the London-based weekly magazine The Economist published an insightful article about the election results in Taiwan. Here are a few quotes:

Despite sweeping economic reforms during the past years, the hulking Kuomintang (KMT) has continued to rule Taiwan. Though many Taiwanese have supoported the social reforms proposed by the opposition Democratic Progressive party, they have not been willing to trust the DPP to govern. It might be bad for business, and the party's independence would upset China.

Things may be changing. In elections for county chiefs on November 29th, the DPP won 12 seats to the KMT's eight (three went to independents). This is the first time the DPP has received more seats that the KMT in countrywide elections, and the first time it has received more votes. With an election for Taiwan's parliament 12 months away, the DPP hopes it will become the government. The president, who chooses the prime minister, would still be Lee Teng-hui of the KMT, but an attempt by the KMT to cling to power would be unlikely.

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