In the long history of the Kuomintang, there have been times when it seemed doomed to extinction and other times when it seemed irrelevant or absurd. During the early 1970s, with the rapidly changing situation in Sino-American relations, the Kuomintang and its island government on Taiwan appeared to have entered into another state of siege. By mid-1979, however, the party and its grip on that part of China over which it still holds sway seemed stronger than ever. Its long-term future remains uncertain, but for the time being there appears no doubt that the Kuomintang will not only survive but will also flourish.