DPP proposes axing Minkuo calendar
A clause calling for the adoption of the Gregorian calendar in Taiwan and the dropping of the Republic of China's "Minkuo" calendar has been included in the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's newly passed "normal country" resolution, party sources said yesterday.
The clause was adopted after a last-ditch effort by DPP Legislator Trong Chai (蔡同榮) who concurrently serves as convener of a nine-member task force authorized to draft the resolution, the sources said.
Chai insisted on incorporating the clause to signify the party's efforts at linking Taiwan more closely to the international community, at a meeting of the DPP Central Executive Committee Thursday, during which the "normal country" resolution was passed.
Except for the addition of the "calendar" clause, the text of the final resolution was same as the draft version completed Monday.
The resolution, which is set to become a critical part of the party's platform for the 2008 presidential election, was finalized after more than three months of extensive discussions.
The resolution states that the country's official name should be rectified and that a new constitution should be written, but it stops short of specifying a timetable or what national title should be adopted. Instead, the resolution states that as it has become very difficult to use the name Republic of China in the international community, the country should apply to join the United Nations, the World Health Organization and other international bodies under the name "Taiwan."
The resolution also stresses the need for the nation to hold a referendum at the proper time to underscore Taiwan's independent statehood.
DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun (游錫<方方土>) said the resolution will be submitted for approval at the party's national congress slated for September 30.
The resolution identifies China's hegemony and the remnants of the Kuomintang's 55 years of authoritarian rule as major threats Taiwan faces in its struggle for normalization.
According to the resolution, Beijing's "one China" principle and its Anti-Secession Law against Taiwan threaten Taiwan's sovereignty and security and have caused "abnormalities" in Taiwan's foreign relations.
The resolution also identifies the KMT's huge amount of "ill-gotten" party assets and the remnants of its authoritarian "party-state" system as threats to Taiwan's democratic development, saying they hinder normal inter-party competition. It further notes that the obsolescence of the R.O.C. constitutional framework has led to the country's "constitutional abnormalities" since the DPP won the presidency in 2000.
According to the resolution, the previous government's suppression of Taiwanese culture has caused confusion among the citizens of the country concerning national identity, and the preferential treatment given to certain special groups has sabotaged social unity and led to "abnormalities in social justice."