Zhengzhou2010 wrote:The DPP may have won the executive, legislative and municipal elections but it feels like the Blues won the ideological battle for the most part regarding Taiwan's status. Aside from not accepting the 92C, it doesn't seem that TIW has made any significant changes to Taiwan's position. She refers to herself as ROC President, and the nation as "ROC (Taiwan)", there are no changes to the name of national entities (except maybe OCAC), and she is defending ROC territorial claims in the S China Sea. There are no diplomatic fights, no changes to the Constitution, no new national language, no new flag, and no new national anthem. ROC heroes still are memorialized in national monuments and currency. While the Southbound Policy and Party Assets bill were Green priorities, they don't change the ROC itself.
While the KMT may still feel sullen from their electoral losses, they should take some comfort that the vast majority of their ideological agenda remains largely untouched. As a PRC pro-unificationist, I'm not necessarily overjoyed at the continuing vitality of ROC-ness, but I accept the democratic results in Taiwan. I guess the DPP ideological victory is really in the realm of "The ROC is Taiwan and Taiwan is the ROC." (which may be distasteful to Deep Greens, Deep Blues and Reds, but seems consistent with the Light Green/Light Blue majority).
Edit: OCAC's latest name change occurred in 2012 when the KMT held the legislature and executive office, so TIW seems to have changed even less than I thought.
CSB also changed very little, but I think people were annoyed with CSB's administration changing names of the small things instead of getting things done. So TIW is going another route.
With the majority in the legislature, TIW will first require all illegal party assets be returned to the state and the people, and prevent illegal party assets in the future with the new legislation they are trying to pass. Without the massing amount of illegally acquired land and money, KMT won't be able to just sway voters and politicians with money.
TIW is also trying to get the Transitional Justice Bill to pass. That will require KMT to be accountable for its pass actions. CSB tried to accomplish that without a legislation, he had to because KMT had the legislature, and he failed. Hopefully TIW will get it done this time.
TIW's second piece to the transitional justice bill is the Aboriginal Transitional Justice Bill, which would hold early, late and new immigrants and all past colonial governments accountable for their wrong doing. Hopefully the bill will return traditional lands to the current aboriginals, recognize Pingpu descendants as aboriginals, and pave a path towards autonomous aboriginal zones, complete with governance to land and budget.