By L. Buszynski
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The KMT decline from 96 to 85 seats was accompanied by the rise of the pro-uniﬁcation New Party which saw its representation increase from 7 to 21 seats; this could be seen as success for Beijing. Domestic issues such as KMT corruption ﬁgured prominently in these elections in which the issue of independence was downplayed. 87 After the elections on 16 December the US carrier Nimitz travelled through the Taiwan Straits indicating US support for the Taiwanese. The March 1996 presidential elections were a test of Lee Teng-hui’s reputation.
Interaction will stimulate a complicated process of breaking down values into their component parts and dividing layers of accumulations from the past. Interaction will separate that which is required from that which will be downplayed or discarded. It will relate desired values to past experiences which will be reinterpreted and uplifted in memory, and will similarly eject those undesirable experiences and remove their memory. In this process there may be a revival of what are regarded as the original values which constitute the national group which serve to justify and legitimise the change.
Concordance between stated values and actual behaviour may be recorded over time, and the development of particular challenger norms may be examined which could in time presage a value change. Political culture and identity are intimately associated with security, which is the preservation of group identity, the defence of core values, religious beliefs, community cohesion and language. Security is the sense of national and social belonging that goes beyond the notion of physical threat and which has to be understood within its cultural context.
Asia Pacific Security - Values and Identity (Routledgecurzon Security in Asia Series, 2) by L. Buszynski