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DPP prepares China policy update
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-01-08 05:21 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The opposition Democratic Progressive Party’s Chinese Affairs Committee was preparing to come up with a final report about a viable new China policy Thursday.

The document will be the culmination of a process which included nine wide debates with more than 600 participants, DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang told reporters before heading the party’s weekly Central Standing Committee meeting.

During the process, several senior party members came up with original ideas which received mixed reactions. Former Premier Frank Hsieh repeated his emphasis on recognizing the Republic of China Constitution and on more tolerance for the other side’s constitution. Legislative Chief Whip Ker Chien-ming recently surprised friend and foe by suggesting the party freeze the 1991 ‘Taiwan Independence clause’ in its charter, a proposal deemed unacceptable to many who say the move would betray the DPP’s core values.

Hsieh recommended the organization of opinion surveys to see if the conclusion to be announced Thursday received the support of the public. If its acceptance was better than previous party suggestions, then it could be adopted as official party policy, Hsieh reportedly said.

The former premier said he was sticking with his theory of Taiwan and China having their own Constitution.

Pressed by reporters, Ker was unwilling to reveal whether he would again submit his proposal to freeze the Taiwan Independence clause at Thursday’s committee meeting.

Former Premier Yu Shyi-kun, another member of the Chinese Affairs Committee, said that previous party resolutions were already completely clear so there was no need to replace them with new texts. He said he would disagree if the DPP wanted to remove the official texts which had protected Taiwan’s sovereignty and the rights of its 23 million inhabitants for 20 years.

The Chinese Affairs Committee was set up after Su promised the creation of the body during his run for DPP chairman in early 2012. The nine-member body includes the party’s top members, including Su, who serves as its convener, Hsieh and Yu.

The Taiwan Independence clause calls for the establishing of a Republic of Taiwan after a referendum. In 1999, the DPP approved the ‘Resolution on Taiwan’s Future’ which said Taiwan was already a sovereign and independent nation with its fate lying in the hands of its 23 million inhabitants.

Su downplayed Ker’s suggestion to freeze the former clause on the basis that the 1999 resolution had in fact already solved the problem.

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