New pro-Taiwan independence party forms, enters 2020 race

Goal of new pro-independence party is to make Taiwan sovereign, independent country as soon as possible

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Logo of new party. (Image from Facebook page @rotpnetwork)

Logo of new party. (Image from Facebook page @rotpnetwork)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A new pro-independence party officially formed on Sunday (April 28) and has announced its intention to enter the 2020 legislative elections.

At a press conference on Sunday, former political exile Cheng Tzu-tsai (鄭自才) announced that he would be chairing a new pro-independence party called the Sovereign State for Formosa and Pescadores Party (台、澎國際法法理建國黨). Cheng said that in order to make Taiwan a sovereign and independent country as soon as possible, the new party will participate in the 2020 legislative elections.

Cheng said that when the Treaty of San Francisco went into effect on April 28, 1952, Japan renounced territorial claims to Taiwan (Formosa) and its offshore Penghu islands (the Pescadores). However, Cheng said that no country was then given sovereignty over Taiwan and Penghu.

Instead, the Republic of China was made a "provisional custodian" and "divided and occupied" Taiwan, said Cheng. Cheng said that from the beginning to the end, the Republic of China occupied Taiwan and Penghu on behalf of Allied Forces, but never had sovereignty over Taiwan and Penghu.

Therefore, it is impossible to claim the sovereignty of Taiwan and Penghu by advocating the "inheritance of the Republic of China by the People's Republic of China," said Cheng. "Of course, it has no right to claim Taiwan is part of China," he added.

Cheng then announced that "in order to enable Taiwan to become a sovereign and independent country as soon as possible, the Sovereign State for Formosa and Pescadores Party will be established and participate in the 2020 legislative election to enable society to know the truth."

The party's secretary general, Liu Che-chia (劉哲嘉), said the Sovereign State for Formosa and Pescadores Party would formally be established on June 30. Liu said the party's focus will be to secure seats for legislators at large and recommend 10 candidates to run for regional seats.

Party members have recently met with Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) to work on avoiding directly competing with each other in the election.

Cheng is an architect and dissident who conspired with others in the 1970 assassination attempt on Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國), vice premier and later president of Taiwan. Cheng was imprisoned in the U.S. and lived in exile for many years in Sweden and Canada, before returning to Taiwan in the early 1990s.