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Korea is further away than Taiwan from having strong political party organizations. There are certain to be major political realignments over the next few years before a stable political party system emerges. Although it is impossible to predict what shape this new system will take, the least likely outcome given current trends is the emergence of a one-party dominant system such as Japan's. Other countries in Asia, such as Singapore or Indonesia, have systems in which one party rules, but, as we have noted earlier, these are not democratic political systems but 22 Asia's New World Order authoritarian states.
Factional splits in existing parties leading to major party realignments or the emergence of new parties may be part of Taiwan's political future . But political trends in Taiwan at the present time appear to be strengthening a twoparty system. The ruling KMT has had impressive success in transforming itself from being an instrument for authoritarian rule by leaders who fled China after the Communist takeover in 1949 into a popular party increasingly led by native Taiwanese. This transformation is symbolized by President Lee Tenghui who is the first native Taiwanese to head the KMT and who ran as the official KMT candidate in 1996 in Taiwan's first public presidential election.
POLITICIAN AND BUREAUCRAT UNDER ONE-PARTY DOMINANCE Does one-party dominance function to provide a kind of cover for bureaucratic control of policy making? Few ques- tions about Japanese politics have generated as much heat as this one or have produced such widely divergent answers . The full range of issues involved in questions relating to relations between politicians and bureaucrats is too complex to be addressed in any detail within the confines of this chapter. A few rather summary observations will have to suffice .