Taiwan Independence Movement

DPP fails to appear at anti-mainland protests

Taiwan's main opposition party, known for its pro-independence stance, was absent yesterday from protests that greeted the mainland's top negotiator upon his arrival to the island.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:16pm

Caution on Su's plan for 'China affairs' unit

A plan by the next chairman of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party, Su Tseng-chang, to reinstate its China affairs department is being watched closely on both sides of the strait.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

KMT nomination race likely to be heated

Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang is being tipped to face internal power struggles as ambitious party aspirants position themselves to fight for the party's nomination for the 2016 presidential election.

The potential struggles started becoming apparent soon after President Ma Ying-jeou of the KMT was elected in January to a second four-year term.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

Fractious five-way race for DPP chairmanship

The fight for the chairmanship of Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party has heated up, with an unprecedented five party heavyweights registering for the race.

The election for the pro-independence party's top post is scheduled for May 27.

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Acting party leader: reform goes on

The acting chairwoman of Taiwan's opposition Democratic Progressive Party, Chen Chu vowed yesterday to continue to reform the party in order to regain public trust and pave the way for a return to power.

'During my term as the acting chair, the party will not stop its reforms,' the mayor of the southern city of Kaohsiung said following a changeover ceremony in Taipei.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

DPP seeks to build ties with mainland

Taiwan's opposition Democratic Progressive Party is mulling ways to better interact with Beijing and mainlanders following its defeat in last month's presidential election.

24 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

DPP power struggle looms after Tsai's departure

Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party yesterday accepted the resignation of its chairwoman, Dr Tsai Ing-wen, following her defeat in Saturday's presidential election.

Analysts said her resignation, to take effect on March 1, was likely to trigger fierce power struggles within the party, with old guards and young turks fighting for the top post.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

KMT retains slim majority in parliament with 64 out of 113 seats

The Kuomintang held onto control of Taiwan's legislature yesterday after a close-run campaign, despite gains made by the pro-independence opposition.

The ruling party managed to hold on to 64 seats in the 113-member Legislative Yuan, when the final results were declared a few minutes before 10pm, compared to 40 for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Tsai quits and tells faithful: I'm sorry

Opposition Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Dr Tsai Ing-wen apologised to her supporters last night and resigned her chairmanship of the party after failing to topple the Kuomintang's Ma Ying-jeou in the presidential election.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Mainland spouses support tolerant Ma for re-election

Most of the 300,000 mainland-born spouses in Taiwan hoped President Ma Ying-jeou would win yesterday's presidential election.

They long for a more lenient policy that could help remove the discriminatory treatment they face on the island.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Times change for veterans of the civil war

In the lead-up to today's presidential election in Taiwan, residents of villages long dedicated to former military personnel in Kaohsiung - the power base of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party - are keeping a low profile.

14 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Hopefuls engage in a little cut and thrust

When Taiwanese voters go to the polls on Saturday, they will have the chance to endorse - or reject - some of the most colourful and outspoken politicians on the face of the planet.

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Tsai still touting idea of coalition

Dr Tsai Ing-wen, presidential candidate of Taiwan's main opposition party, is wooing ethnic Hakka voters in her hometown and her party's power base in the south with the idea of forming a coalition government.

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Candidates in other race fight to be seen

With Taiwan's fiercely contested presidential election just days away and grabbing all the media attention, Taiwan's legislative elections - also being held on Saturday - have been largely ignored, despite candidates' efforts to increase their visibility.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Fanfare and homage to Sun Yat-sen

For 90 years, the mainland's Communist Party and Taiwan's Nationalists, or Kuomintang, have shared one thing in common - their homage to Sun Yat-sen, who founded the first Chinese republic.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am