The future will be better if young people can live well.
The Kuomintang focused on the issue of affordable housing for young people during an event to promote youth participation in politics on March 3. KMT Chairperson Johnny Chiang said the party still has a lot of work to do in the recruitment of young members. Voters under the age of 40 opted for the Democratic Progressive Party during the 2020 elections, and the KMT is now seeking to appeal to these voters for the 2022 elections. National Policy Foundation Vice Chairperson Sean Lien recently proposed appointing a party chair who will only hold that one position, which was interpreted as a way to force Chiang, who concurrently serves as a legislator, out.
I didn't get that sense at all. I think everyone is trying to make the party better. Party procedures allow for amendments to and discussions on internal party regulations and provisions.
Chiang pointed out there have been both party chiefs that didn't hold other positions and ones that did. He added that he respects the judgment and decisions of party members, as the KMT is not a dictatorship where the party chief has the final say. Proposals can all be discussed by following party procedures. Chiang also gave an interview to Reuters, where he said there is no rush to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
For the KMT, a high-level cross-strait meeting needs to be meaningful, respectful. The timing needs to be right, but more importantly there needs to be the precondition of equality and dignity, and it has to be beneficial for Taiwan. I don't know when the right time will be, we'll let nature takes its course.
The cross-strait relationship is extremely tense, from Chinese fighter jets frequently flying near Taiwan to China's recent ban on imports of Taiwan pineapples. Chiang said the Taiwanese won't accept one country, two systems because everyone is already used to this kind of lifestyle and changing it is impossible.