TITLE

War of Words

AUTHOR(S)
Wehrfritz, George
PUB. DATE
December 2003
SOURCE
Newsweek (Pacific Edition);12/1/2003 (Pacific Edition), Vol. 142 Issue 22, p5
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
When Chinese officials last week denounced Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian as a "splittist" whose pro-independence activism could" trigger war," the invective was all too familiar. But Beijing's real target may have been a new one: Chen's rivals in the pro-unification Chinese Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang (KMT). Less than five months before presidential elections, the KMT reversed its position on the controversial matter of reforming Taiwan's Constitution, which Beijing fears is only a prelude to declaring independence. Lien Chan, the party's chairman and presidential hopeful, pledged to unveil a new draft constitution and challenged Chen to debate their versions of the island's supreme law. Led into exile by Chiang Kai-shek in 1949, the KMT ruled Taiwan for half a century, always clinging to its claim to be China's sole legitimate government.
ACCESSION #
11587109

 

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