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Liberalism in Taiwan

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This article gives an overview of liberalism in Taiwan (Republic of China). It is limited to liberal parties with substantial support, mainly proved by having had a representation in the Legislative Yuan (parliament).



The Democratic Progressive Party (Min-chu Chin-pu Tang, a member of LI, CALD) is a centrist social liberal party in Taiwan. The Taiwan Solidarity Union is a progressive centrist party characterised primarily by its Taiwanese nationalism and derives its membership from both the Chinese Nationalist Party's former moderate and Taiwan-oriented fringe and DPP supporters disgruntled by the party's moderation on the question of Taiwanese sovereignty. Its liberal character is questionable, although it is part of the DPP's pro-Taiwan independence Pan-Green alliance. The New Power Party is a social-liberal and progressive party, who aims to rewrite the Constitution of Republic of China and to carry out Taiwanization.

The modern liberal parties grew out of the Tangwai movement formed in the 1970s to oppose the ruling Kuomintang.

Liberal leaders

  • Hu Shih
  • Lei Chen
  • Yin Haiguang
  • Li Ao
  • Tsai Ing-wen
  • References

    Liberalism in Taiwan Wikipedia