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The spirit says more than the name

The spirit says more than the name

A KMT member surnamed Huang suggested in a meeting with Chairman Ma Ying-Jeou that the KMT(Chinese Nationalist Party) should change its name with the "Chinese" deleted from its original name. It's said that changing the name is a common wish from the public; this will catch up the trend of localization. Ma replied that the KMT doesn't necessarily have to follow the DPP by removing "Chinese" or "China" from existing official names. But Chairman Ma is only half right here.
Why so? Look at the history of the beginning of the DPP. Since its very beginning of its establishment, the DPP has never include "Chinese" in its name, not named as the "Chinese Democratic Progress Party". The DPP, instead of de-Chinese, it has tried avoiding being associated with China. The only department including the meaning of Chinese in its name is China Affairs Division. For the KMT, the similiar division, originally called Mainland Affairs Division, was also changed with "Chinese" or "China" removed from the name.
KMT most of time avoids putting "Chinese" in its full name; only in formal occasions or on official documents that it is mentioned with the full name "Chinese Nationalist Party. Looking it from this point this, it's obvious that KMT, all its members and the chairman, have in one way or another acted in "de-Chinese."
The difficulties the KMT faces don't have much to do with changing its name. The KMT still retains power in politics since it lost the Presidential election in 2000.
While the KMT has won more and more supporters from the New Party and the People First Party, these "returning" members are reluctant to the renaming of the KMT. On the other hand, the grass root KMT members, most of them Taiwanese, support the party because of local connections or over other interest, not because of ideology. Under these considerations, the KMT has sufficient reasoning to say it is not necessary to change the name of the party.
The main issues pressing the KMT are the party assets and its open boycotts against the government. KMT chairman, from Lee Teng-Hui, Lien Chan down to Ma Ying-Jeou, all pro-unification with China. Taking out the word "Chinese" from the party's name, means nothing since the ultimate goal of the KMT is reunification with China.

Chang Quo-Cheng is the Committee member of National Youth Commission.


Updated : 2021-04-18 14:49 GMT+08:00