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United Daily News: Tsai's correct step -- honoring the Constitution

United Daily News: Tsai's correct step -- honoring the Constitution

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate and Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (???) has announced that if elected next year, she would honor the constitutional order of the Republic of China (ROC) -- a correct step in her presidential bid. Before her visit to United States, she had been fuzzy about her China policy goals, stating that "maintaining the status quo across the Taiwan Strait" was her top principle in this regard. But in a speech at the U.S. think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies, she vowed that "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 stopped short of saying that her concept of the cross-strait status quo was the same as President Ma Ying-jeou's policy of "no unification, no independence and no use of arms." Her choice of words, with regard to the "ROC constitutional order," therefore, was a smart compromise. As we have repeatedly pointed out, if Tsai is vying for the ROC presidency, she must swear loyalty to the ROC Constitution and declare her acceptance of the ROC constitutional order. This is something so natural and so necessary that even diehard pro-independence members of the DPP cannot oppose it. From such a stance, Tsai can also negotiate a compromise with the People's Republic of China, which has denied any legitimacy of the ROC Constitution. No matter how great her reception in the U.S. or how Beijing responds to her latest cross-strait policy proposal, Tsai's real test lies with Taiwan's electorate. That's why we think Tsai has made a right step toward her goal of becoming president of the ROC and we hope that her statement about the ROC constitutional order was not an improvisation. (Editorial abstract -- June 7, 2015) (By S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-21 18:27 GMT+08:00