TITLE

TAIWAN War of Words

AUTHOR(S)
Wehrfritz, George
PUB. DATE
December 2003
SOURCE
Newsweek (Atlantic Edition);12/1/2003 (Atlantic Edition), Vol. 142 Issue 22, p5
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on the foreign relations between China and Taiwan. 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). Lien Chan, the party's chairman and presidential hopeful, pledged to unveil a new draft constitution and challenged Chen (who has made rewriting the Constitution a main plank in his re-election platform) to debate their versions of the island's supreme law. But after slipping from power in 2000, the KMT now seeks to woo back voters by reasserting Taiwan's sovereignty (which Beijing disputes) and embrace a welling sense of Taiwanese pride (which Beijing sees as nationalism).
ACCESSION #
11589826

 

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