Legislator Johnny Chiang has been elected the new chair of the Kuomintang in a party by-election, becoming the youngest chair in party history. In the past, the president of China, Xi Jinping, who is also the chairperson of the Communist Party of China, always sent a personal congratulatory letter. This time, however, only a message was issued by the spokesperson of the Taiwan Affairs Office, raising doubts on whether this is evidence of a minor change in the "Kuomintang and Communist Party of China" relations?
Lawmaker Johnny Chiang, 48, has won the KMT chair by-election, becoming the youngest chair in party history. Communist Party of China General Secretary Xi Jinping did not send a personal congratulatory letter as he has in the past. Instead, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian issued a press release calling on Chiang to cherish and maintain KMT-CCP relations under the framework of the 1992 Consensus and a shared opposition to Taiwan independence. Is this indicative of a shift in the relationship between the two parties?
I am happy to receive congratulatory messages from anyone, but these messages have no impact on our commitment to reform.
Chiang says his win might give China a new perspective but his focus is on party-wide reforms. Accompanied by pan-blue lawmakers, Chiang visited Jenn Lann Temple on the 8th to pray for an end to the COVID-19 epidemic and unity within the pan-blue camp. New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih, who was also present, said Chiang's most important job is bettering the lives of the people.
Disease prevention is probably what's on everyone's mind right now. (Chiang) has won the election; now he will serve the people.
As for the recall motion against Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu, Chiang said everyone has to focus on their own responsibilities. He also said the KMT can work with the central government to rebuild public support for Han and the KMT while at the same time improving quality of life in Kaohsiung.