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Ex-DPP chief, business tycoon discuss cross-strait ties

Ex-DPP chief, business tycoon discuss cross-strait ties

A business tycoon and the leader of the 2006 anti-corruption movement aimed at President Chen Shui-bian engaged in a dialogue Saturday on Ketagalan Boulevard to elaborate on their views regarding a cross-Taiwan Strait peaceful co-existence law and making Taiwan a nation of freedom.
United Microelectronics Corp. Honorary Chairman Robert Tsao met with Shih Ming-teh, former Democratic Progressive Party chairman and leader of the anti-Chen campaign, at the open air forum organized by the Home Party during which Tsao dismissed the possibility that he would team up with Shih to run in the 2008 presidential election.
Addressing the forum, Tsao first renewed his call for the passing of a cross-strait peace law, adding that the law will be conducive to the development of cross-strait political and economic relations.
Tsao said that key points of his proposed law include dropping any plan to conduct a referendum on independence for Taiwan, not ruling out the possibility of unification with China, with the proviso that a unification referendum first be put to the people.
He added that the unification referendum will only be held at the request of China and before the referendum is voted on, China must clearly specify all the rights and obligations of Taiwan under which unification would take place to allow the people of Taiwan to make an informed decision.
Should the referendum be adopted, unification could be achieved, if not, China could make a new request for a second unification referendum, Tsao said, adding that there should be no limitation on how many times the referendum would be held.
Echoing Tsao's calls for no referendum on independence, Shih said that as the majority of the 23 million people of Taiwan see Taiwan as an independent and sovereign nation, there is no need to hold a referendum on the issue, adding that only a referendum on unification is needed.
Meanwhile, Shih broached the concept of the division of power and forming a great coalition government to allow more capable and qualified people to manage state affairs, while appealing to national leaders to take the lead in accomodationg differing factions of society and further building Taiwan into a free country.
Touching on the development of cross-strait economics and trade, Tsao attributed Taiwan's lackluster economic performance over the past eight years to rampant anti-China sentiment in the country, deploring that Taiwan has missed a good opportunity to take advantage of access to the greater China market during its economic rise over the past 10 years.
Shih said that although the main opposition Kuomintang has revealed its economic policies, it still needs to work on developing more concrete details for future economic development.


Updated : 2021-04-10 22:00 GMT+08:00