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First KMT presidential aspirant outlines cross-strait platform

First KMT presidential aspirant outlines cross-strait platform

Taipei, April 20 (CNA) Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (???) on Monday outlined her cross-Taiwan Strait relations platform focused on signing a peace pact with China, after signing up to participate in the Kuomintang's (KMT, ???) presidential primary. In an interview with Hong Kong-based China Review News, Hung said that her presidential bid is motivated by her wish to become the "biblical cornerstone" for Taiwan as it continues to build a solid foundation for a road toward peace across the strait. She said challenging cross-strait issues must be resolved through a more holistic approach and that efforts should not be limited to more easily resolved issues but to also encompass more difficult and sensitive topics. For the past three decades, cross-strait negotiations have been confined to less polarizing economic issues, and the inadequacies of the approach have begun to emerge, Hung said. According to Hung, cross-strait relations represent a political challenge that must be overcome. Progress in cross-strait relations must stem from the people, with the aim to establish mutual trust, assurance, and aligned goals between the two sides, she said. "The time is ripe to begin political talks between governments on both sides of the strait," she said. "Since it has become apparent that the people on both sides of the strait have ruled out the possibility of war, why can't Taiwan and China sign a formal peace pact?" she questioned. Hung mentioned that throughout President Ma Ying-jeou's time in office, he twice proposed inking a peace pact with China, but the proposals were sabotaged by dissent from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP, ???). Yet during the 2004 presidential campaign, DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (???), who then headed the Mainland Affairs Council (???) under former President Chen Shui-bian (???), proposed a similar peace pact. Hung questioned why the DPP was free to propose a peace pact with China but the KMT was blocked from doing the same thing. She urged the DPP to accept the fact that Taiwan can no longer shirk away from confronting political aspects of cross-strait relations head-on. The DPP can no longer act like an ostrich with its head buried in the sand, or be "bent on facing China with their rear ends;" it must open its eyes and take a good look at the situation at hand and think about what is best for the people of Taiwan, Hung said. (By Chen Wei-ting and Ted Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-22 11:00 GMT+08:00