Peter K. H. Yu is a retired Distinguished Professor. He served at several institutions of higher education, such as the National University of Singapore, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), and National Sun Yat-sen University. His most recent book is entitled Reinventing the Methodology of Studying Contemporary China: Re-testing the One-dot Theory.
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By Peter Kien-hong Yu - 10 Jul 2019
A shooting incident dramatically affected the presidential election outcome in 2004, enabling Chen Shui-bian to be re-elected by a slim margin. The DPP believed that it had to do with the attempted assassination on Chen, while the KMT argued that Chen staged everything.
In recent years, there are many television series about the power struggle and cooperation between the KMT and the CPC since July 1921 in general and the period from September 1931 to December 1949 in particular.
On August 20, 2017, Wu Den-yih was inaugurated as the new chairman of Taiwan’s opposition party, the Kuomintang. 2020 will be the year Taiwan has to elect a new president. Can Wu succeed in helping a KMT member to become the next president?
In September 1981, Ye Jianying of the CPC laid down the famous nine-point proposal. The fifth point states that “The Taiwan authorities and representatives from all walks of life may serve as leadership positions in the national political institutions and participate in state administration.”
China and ASEAN agreed to a framework for the Code of Conduct on the South China Sea in May 2017. Hopefully, after this agreement, none of the claimants or concerned sea-powers would need to fire the first shot.
Dai Li served under Chiang Kai-shek as the spymaster of the Republic of China. Had Dai not died in a plane crash in March 1946, would he be able to assist Chiang to defeat the Communist Party of China in the Chinese civil war?
Cao Changqing is a commentator in Taiwan who often sides with the Democratic Progressive Party in criticizing China. Would he be willing to be the first martyr to die for the sake of creating the Republic of Taiwan? It is very, very doubtful.
We live in a world of contradictions. However, there is no doubt that the Chinese mind and heart prefer to emphasize harmony. Confucius speaks of the Middle Way. Facing a dilemma, a person would choose not to go to extremes.