The contemporary political history in general of Taiwan

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Pro-independence Leader Sets Eyes on 2000 Election
By Dennis Engbarth, IPS, 2 October 1998. Lin I-hsiung is the new chairman of Taiwan's pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). He emerged as Taiwan's foremost advocate of non-violent social reform in the nineties and was a leader of the Tangwai (non-party) democratic movement that in the 1970s challenged martial rule imposed by late strongman Chiang Kai-shek and his son Ching-kuo's Kuomintang.
Taiwanese Victor Targets Vast Wealth Of Nationalist Party
By Jonn Pomfret, Washington Post, Thursday 23 March 2000. President-elect Chen Shui-bian has promised to clean up Taiwan's black gold—the nexus of official corruption, organized crime and politics that has dominated the political system since the Nationalists fled here from the Chinese mainland in 1949.
Lee Teng-hui’s legacy
Mainichi Shimbun, 25 March 2000. Lee Teng-hui resigned as chairman of Taiwan's Nationalist Party. The Nationalist Party's defeat in the presidential election will not only transfer the presidency to the Democratic Progressive Party but will also accelerate a changing of the guard within the Nationalist Party.
May 20: A Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution
By Scott Simon, Formosa Diary, #22, 25 May 2000. Chen Shui-bian was inaugurated as the tenth president of the Republic of China. His inaugural speech was largely about political reform, domestic policies, history, and culture. Chen said Taiwan 40 times, Republic of China nine times, and China once, and he quoted Mao.
Lee Teng-hui Joins Forces With Chen Shui-bian for December Election
By Dong LIU, China News Digest, 18 June 2001. Former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui is to work with President Chen Shui-bian to help the Democratic Progressive Party to win the December legislative election. Evidently, Lee intends to support pro-independence politicians. The December election is an opportunity for the ruling party to win the majority in the legislature now controlled by the Kuomintang.
Communism as a test of democracy
By Chu Yen-ming 朱言明, Taipei Times, Tuesday 19 June 2001. Since the lifting of martial law and the ban on political parties on June 15, 1988, over 90 political parties have been established in Taiwan, and attempts have been made to establish a Communist Party. Communism is unlawful, and a party would be preposterous because of communist methods.
Breakaway party launches in Taiwan
By Damian Grammaticas, BBC News, Sunday 12 August 2001. With just four months before parliamentary elections, the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) is threatening to shift the balance of power on the island. It is the first party on the island to have the word Taiwan in its name and supports all things Taiwanese; the island is a state in its own right, distinct from China.
Taiwan Protestors Call for End to Legislative Gridlock
By Laurel Mittenthal, China News Digest, 27 November 2001. As parliamentary elections approach, local protesters urged the ruling party and biggest opposition parties to form a post-election coalition to end recent legislative gridlock and restart the moribund economy.
Election Defeat Widens Division in Kuomintang
By LIU Weijun, CND, 12 December 2001. The humiliating defect in the recent Taiwanese parliamentary elections has forced the Nationalist Party, the KMT, to re-exam its strategies and heated up debates among rival factions within the party.
TSU Becomes Lead Pro-Independence Voice
By LIU Weijun, China News Digest, 19 March 2002. The seven-month-old Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) has recently been making the loudest pro-independence voice on the island's political stage. It favors a Taiwanese nationalism and confronting the PRC, including pushing claims to the Spratly Islands.
Taiwan's Aboriginal Legislators Protest Failing to Meet Promise
By Dong LIU, China News Digest, 5 May 2002. Taiwan's aboriginal legislators staged an angry protest to criticize President Chen Shui-bian for failing to fulfill a campaign promise to remove nuclear waste from Lanyu island where 3,000 Yami and Thao people live.