Pan-Blue Coalition

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The Pan-Blue Coalition 泛藍連盟 or Pan-Blue Force is a political alliance in the Republic of China (ROC), commonly known as "Taiwan", consisting of the Kuomintang (KMT), the People First Party (PFP), and the New Party (CNP). The name comes from the party colours of the Kuomintang. This coalition tends to favor a Chinese nationalist identity over a separate Taiwanese one and favors a softer policy and greater economic linkage with the People's Republic of China, as opposed to the Pan-Green Coalition.


Political stance

The Pan-Blue Coalition originally was associated with Chinese reunification, but has moved towards a more conservative position supporting the present status quo, while rejecting immediate reunification with mainland China. It now argues that reunification is possible only after communism in mainland China collapses and/or transitions to a democracy (either as a new democratic government or with the re-establishment of Sun Yat-sen's Chinese Nationalist Party government that fled to Taiwan after the Chinese Civil War). This would also allow the body of Chiang Kai-Shek to be returned to his home.



Throughout the 1990s, the Kuomintang (KMT) consisted of an uneasy relationship between those who supported a Chinese nationalist identity for Taiwan and those, led by President Lee Teng-hui, who supported a stronger Taiwanese identity. This led to a split in the early 1990s, when the New Party was formed. During the 2000 presidential election, Lee Teng-hui arranged for Lien Chan to be nominated as Kuomintang candidate for president rather than the more popular James Soong, who bolted from the party and formed his own People First Party after both he and Lien were defeated by Chen Shui-bian in the presidential elections. Some in Taiwan believed that Lee's action was a deliberate attempt to sabotage the Kuomintang to ensure victory for Chen, who represented the DPP.

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