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DPP chairwoman pledges to abide by ROC Constitution

DPP chairwoman pledges to abide by ROC Constitution

Washington, June 3 (CNA) Opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen said Wednesday that if elected president, she will continue to promote cross-Taiwan Strait peace and stability under the current Republic of China Constitution. Tsai also pledged to build a "consistent, predictable and sustainable cross-strait relationship" with China. "I have articulated and reiterated my position of maintaining the status quo in the previous months, as I believe this serves the best interests of all parties concerned," she said during a speech titled "Taiwan Meeting the Challenges: Crafting a Model of New Asian Values" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. "Therefore, if elected president, I will push for the peaceful and stable development of cross-strait relations in accordance with the will of the Taiwanese people and the existing ROC constitutional order," she added. Under the current ROC Constitution, which was promulgated in 1947, both Taiwan and China are part of the Republic of China. There have been calls within her party over the years for a new constitution and for a separate country to be declared in Taiwan. Tsai said the two sides of the Taiwan Strait should treasure and secure the accumulated outcomes of more than 20 years of negotiations and exchanges. "These accumulated outcomes will serve as the firm basis of my efforts to further the peaceful and stable development of cross-strait relations," she said. Tsai said she will push for legislation of a cross-strait agreement oversight bill to establish a comprehensive set of rules for overseeing cross-strait exchanges and negotiations, and that cross-strait agreements currently under negotiation or legislative review will be re-examined and further negotiated according to the new rules. Tsai said she will also strengthen Taiwan's democratic institutions and uphold the right of the people to decide their future free of coercion. "While I advocate constructive exchanges and dialogue with China, I will ensure that the process is democratic and transparent, and that the economic benefits are equitably shared," she said. On Taiwan's bid to participate in the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), Tsai said there is an urgent need for Taiwan to take part in the U.S.-led trade bloc, or at least to be included in the second round of negotiations. For this purpose, Tsai said she has set up a task force to discuss the important aspects of trade liberalization and the TPP. "I am determined for Taiwan to be ready for the TPP," she said. For Taiwan's economy to be more competitive and its democracy stronger, it needs to build a military capable of safeguarding the country and maintaining peace, she went on. Taiwan should also help shape a friendly regional environment by making meaningful contributions to international affairs, she said. "Needless to say, a critical component is the need to maintain a peaceful and stable relationship with China," she said. On Taiwan-U.S. relations, Tsai said Taiwan and its people have a special political, security, economic and cultural bond with the United States due to their shared values and shared interests. She said she will ensure that Taiwan works together with the U.S. to advance their common interests. Taiwan can obtain international support by making itself a reliable partner and by having a proactive diplomatic agenda for peace, according to Tsai. Provided that it is not discriminated against, Taiwan will meaningfully participate and contribute in international projects such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, medical assistance, and joint efforts in economic aid, she said. "Making contributions and becoming a reliable partner will be the spirit of the new DPP administration in the pursuit of international participation," she said. (By Sophia Yeh and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-18 10:54 GMT+08:00