United Daily News: A new concept of sovereignty

A bipartisan group led by former opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Shih Ming-teh put forth five principles Tuesday to deal with cross-Taiwan Strait relations that advocate a "greater one China" concept. Such a concept has to be built upon a new concept of sovereignty and the Chinese civil war. Sovereignty is a man-made product that can evolve, change and be innovated. In this sense, a "greater one China" is a new concept of sovereignty that characterizes both the Republic of China and the People's Republic of China as two equal, independent governments within China. The cross-strait status quo is the result of the Chinese civil war of the 1940s that involved two "belligerent governments," which have evolved into two governments that rule their respective territories independently from each other. The "greater one China" proposal is therefore a way to deal with the current problem with regard to the existence of two countries within China, in such a way that they do not see each other as a foreign country. As a way to build a link between the ROC and the PRC, the group proposed that the two sides jointly form a "limited international legal entity." Examples of such a so-called "limited international legal entity" include a confederation and the European Union. Another possibility presented itself recently when a think tank in China introduced the idea that the two sides could set up a "peaceful development commission." (Editorial abstract -- May 29, 2014) (By Y.F. Low)