Senior political commentator Paul Lin (林保華) said yesterday that the ruling party should not entirely negate the concept or existence of the Republic of China so as to make more people establish their Taiwan identity.
The commentator noted Taiwan people's national identity can be divided into three kinds: those who support the idea of declaring independence for Taiwan; people who identify themselves with the People's Republic of China or who prefer to submit Taiwan's sovereignty to China and accept the "the one country, two systems;" and those who distinguish themselves as the Republic of China, but are against both declaring independence and against the People's Republic of China.
"Only by respecting the history and reality of the R.O.C., and not entirely negating the R.O.C., can the Democratic Progressive Party realize its goal of establishing more people cultivating their Taiwan identity," Lin said.
He went on to say that people who identify with the R.O.C are educated under the ex-Kuomintang regime and have received favorable or special treatment from the KMT for a long time.
He added that these people prefer to maintain the status quo across the Taiwan Strait. "However, the number of them is decreasing because a huge part of them now think that in the fight against Taiwan-independence seekers, the only chance for them to prevail is to cooperate with the PRC," he said, explaining why the number of Taiwan people establishing friendly ties with the China's Communist Party is on the rise. "KMT honorary chairman Lien Chan's (連戰) 'alliance with the CCP to boycott Taiwan-independence' is an example. Although KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has never made an official statement like Lien, his 'ultimate unification with China' shows he takes Lien's route as well," said Lin.
He urged the DPP to recognize two levels to the national identity. The lowest level recognizes the existence of the R.O.C., and the highest level wants to change the name of the R.O.C. to Taiwan - but this goal has to be done in accordance with the Constitution and has to garner the majority of people.
"The ruling DPP has to improve the economy, to lift the living standards of Taiwan's people, crack down on crime when campaigning and promote Taiwan identity," Lin concluded.