Who said they wanted to unify with the PRC? I thought the KMT/PFP position was that they wanted unification when China was “free”? Maybe I’m wrong …[/quote]
There are very strong reasons to be suspicious about the KMT-PFP camp’s platform on China policy.
Call him corrupt if you like, but Lee Teng-hui basically made the KMT strong — we might even say he prolonged the party’s life by at least a decade — by building a native Taiwanese power base.
Just look at what happened to some native Taiwanese KMT politicians after Lee was kicked out. Quite a few of them defected to Lee’s TSU. Many of those who stayed in the KMT were defeated in the previous legislative election. They basically lost their voter bases after the KMT began to toe the “China” line.
Now look at Lien’s election campaign and one is tempted to conclude that his men are either dumb or colluding with China.
Lien has finally said, one month before the election, that he has never supported Lee’s “special state-to-state relations” idea. This is political suicide. Lee’s idea has strong public support. To publicly give it up one month before the election and replace it with an outdated “one China means the ROC” idea, which is far less popular, is plain dumb. You don’t throw away your beef unless you have something more appealing in your pocket.
Not to mention the fact that Lien did support Lee’s idea in 1999. There are newspaper reports to prove that. Another sign of ineptitude (senility?).
Now why is Lien doing this? He and his campaign lieutenants seem totally ignorant about election dynamics. You can see that Lien’s support rate has been falling steadily and A-bian has been catching up. This may have as much to do with the KMT’s inept campaign as the DPP offensives.
But it also makes you suspect that Lien’s campaign is directed more at the Beijing authorities than a lot of his Taiwan constituents.