China Times: DPP's Taiwan independence clause

Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (???) has promised that if she is elected president, she will maintain the cross-Taiwan Strait status quo. But she has never clearly explained her concept of the status quo or how she intends to maintain it. Unless the DPP deals with the issue of Taiwan independence, Taiwan's constitutional order and cross-strait relations will not be stable. If Tsai really believes Taiwan must maintain the status quo, then she must explain how she plans to bridge the gap between the Taiwan independence clause in the DPP's charter and the status quo. The Taiwan independence clause was adopted by the DPP in October 1991, the essence of which is to "build a sovereign independent Republic of Taiwan." It states that "Taiwan enjoys independent sovereignty and does not belong to the People's Republic of China," and that "Taiwan's sovereignty does not reach mainland China, which is a historical fact, the status quo, and the consensus of the international community." The clause advocates writing a new Constitution to build a new country. The Taiwan independent clause is contrary to the ROC Constitution. The existing constitutional order is set as "before the country unifies", and the cross-strait status quo is defined as having "overlapping sovereignty" and "separate jurisdiction." If Tsai really wants the international community and the Taiwanese people to believe in the "existing constitutional order," how can the DPP not abolish the Taiwan independence clause in its charter? Also, the Taiwan independence clause indicates that Taiwan is unable to participate in the international community because it has not written a new Constitution to build a new country. It also states that Taiwan enjoys independent sovereignty, which is an international consensus. Such statements are seriously out of touch with international reality. At present, most countries around the world recognize the "one China" concept. Although the United States' "one China policy" is different from Beijing's "one China principle," Washington's stance against Taiwan independence is quite clear. If Tsai wants to maintain the status quo, how can she continue to maintain the Taiwan independence clause in the party charter? Unless the Taiwan independence clause is abolished, the DPP will continue to put it into practice and will promote its bid for a new Constitution and a new country when it thinks the time is right. This would destabilize cross-strait peace and constitutional order, a fact that cannot be evaded. (Editorial abstract -- July 3, 2015) (By Y.F. Low)