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TSU to adopt new platform and name

TSU to adopt new platform and name

Taiwan Solidarity Union, created by former president Lee Teng-hui in 2001 to promote full statehood for the island, said Friday it will adopt a new platform and dismissed as unfair the labeling of the party as pro-independence.
TSU Chairman Huang Kun-huei told the media the party will embrace a middle-of-the-road agenda with a slight tilt toward the left in the future to differentiate itself from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the opposition Kuomintang.
Huang, who took the TSU chairmanship Friday afternoon, said his party would even consider altering its name, if necessary, to prove its commitment to reform. The TSU will devote itself to promoting welfare for the middle class as well as disadvantaged groups, according to Huang, who added the public is tired of constant partisan rivalry between the DPP and the KMT.
Huang said it is not fair to equate the TSU to pro-independence movement because he prefers to maintain the status quo across the Taiwan Strait.“There is no need for Taiwan to declare independence as it is already a sovereignty country,”Huang said.“The TSU is striving to make Taiwan stronger economically and politically. This goal remains unchanged.”
Over the years, Huang noted, the DPP has tried to woo voters by faking support for Taiwan independence while the KMT has joined forces with China in demonizing the movement.
The TSU chair said it is time the people reject the divisive tactics and quit allying themselves with the so-called pan-green or pan-blue camps. Taiwan has since 1996 directly elected its president, rendering the island's political status a non-issue, Huang noted.
But the DPP and the KMT have continued to bicker over the matter to mask their struggle for power and money, the TSU leader said. He urged the voters to wake up to the reality and give the TSU a chance to put the nation on the right track.
The TSU will spend the next three years to overhaul its charter and draw up major policy proposals in a year to benefit the disadvantaged, according to Huang.
To that end, the TSU is willing to cooperate with any parties sharing its agenda, Huang added.


Updated : 2021-05-12 23:50 GMT+08:00