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China Times: Break away from blue/green, unification/independence

China Times: Break away from blue/green, unification/independence

Since Hung Hsiu-chu became the ruling Kuomintang's presidential candidate, her cross-Taiwan Strait policy has drawn attention at home and abroad. Some media and pundits have labeled her as a "pro-unification" politician.
Hung indeed advocates signing a cross-strait peace accord, but she has repeatedly stressed the agreement must be signed under the preconditions that such a pact does not violate the Constitution, that the two sides are on an equal footing, that China agrees to renounce the use of force against Taiwan, that Taiwan gets more international space, and that the pact obtains the approval of Taiwan's people.
Hung has also said the main goal of her cross-strait policy is peace and that the purpose of the peace accord is to cement the status quo. The green camp likes to talk about universal values. "Peace" is in fact a universal value that most people identify with and support. "Peace" is a value that also transcends unification and independence. In this sense, Hung is a peace advocate who transcends the blue/green and unification/independence framework.
In Taiwan, unification/independence has always been a highly arbitrary and manipulated political label, and after years of "democratic civil war," Taiwanese society must not continue to be torn apart by the pseudo-issue of unification/independence.
It is estimated that only 3 percent of voters have joined the Kuomintang or the Democratic Progressive Party, with 97 percent of voters being neutral. Neutral voters should make their own judgment. (Editorial abstract -- June 23, 2015) (By Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-06-18 01:48 GMT+08:00