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DPP asks KMT if Taiwan, China are ‘one country’

DPP asks KMT if Taiwan, China are ‘one country’

staff writer

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) asked Kuomintang yesterday for a clear answer to the question of whether Taiwan and China belong to one country, as claimed by a China spokesman a day earlier.
Yang Yi, a spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said Wednesday that both sides of the Taiwan Strait -- currently the People’s Republic of China on the mainland and the Republic of China on Taiwan - “belong to one country.”
Therefore, the relations between the two sides will never be state to state, Yang said.
In the wake of Yang’s comment, the DPP’s national affairs interpellation group challenged President Ma Ying-jeou, who is also chairman of the KMT, to give an unequivocal answer to the question of whether Taiwan and China are actually the same country.
Yang has hit the core with that statement, said Kuo Cheng-liang, a former DPP lawmaker. “The president must give us an answer.”
Luo Chih-cheng, a DPP legislative candidate, also challenged the KMT to tell the people if it plans to seek unification with China.
Referring to the KMT’s policy of “no unification, no independence and no use of arms” in dealing with mainland China, Luo asked the KMT to explain whether “no unification” means “not excluding it” or “not wanting it.”
Turning to Ma’s proposed peace pact with China in the next 10 years, Luo asked whether it would be based on the National Unification Guidelines.
The guidelines were abolished during the presidency of the DPP’s Chen Shui-bian in 2006. Chen is now serving a long prison term for corruption.


Updated : 2021-06-15 21:27 GMT+08:00