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China Times: An important step toward blue-green unity

China Times: An important step toward blue-green unity

Tsai Ing-wen (???), chairwoman and presidential candidate of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), said recently that she may attend this year's National Day ceremony. If she does, she will be the first DPP head to attend the ceremony in the 24 years since Huang Hsin-chieh (???) did so. The vicious struggle between the green and blue camps has a long history. When the Kuomintang is in power, the DPP head usually gives various excuses for not attending the National Day ceremony. When the DPP is in power, the KMT also refuses to attend the ceremony, opting instead to hold its own celebrations. This is a demonstration of a partisan mentality. Tsai, in her capacity as chairwoman of the DPP, is willing to attend the National Day ceremony, at which President Ma Ying-jeou's (???) will address the nation. This is consistent with her recent call for unity between the green and blue camps and demonstrates her magnanimity as a future president. In addition to the National Day issue, recent remarks by Tsai and other DPP heavyweights indicate that the green camp is moving closer to the Republic of China reality. Tsai has promised to maintain the status quo if elected, which means that she has accepted the political reality of "the Republic of China in Taiwan." Now she is only cementing her stance. But attending the National Day ceremony is just the beginning. There are two other things that Tsai should do. First, she should revise the pro-independence clause in the DPP manifesto. When Tsai said she would defend the ROC and would take real action to show her support for the ROC by attending the National Day ceremony, it was contrary to the DPP's stated goal of building a "Republic of Taiwan." Tsai should begin to revise the party's platform. Second, when the new session of the Legislative Yuan opens, Tsai should seriously push for legislation to promote unity between the blue and green camps. (Editorial abstract -- Sept. 11, 2015) (By Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-23 10:55 GMT+08:00