FORMOSA: Restless Spirits

Boxed up in exile on Formosa, the legislators of Nationalist China have fretted for eight years. Since they represent vocational groups and home districts on the mainland that are under Communist control, they can neither be removed nor re-elected by voters. Accountable mainly to themselves, awaiting the "return to the mainland" that does not come, they have little to do; the provincial government of Formosa deals with most day-to-day governing. They have little voice; the 15-man Standing Committee of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's Kuomintang Party decides government policies without consulting them. Result: lawmakers have tended increasingly to bolt party...

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