New Party celebrates 15th anniversary

New Party celebrates 15th anniversary
New Party celebrates 15th anniversary

The small pro-unification New Party celebrated its 15th founding anniversary Saturday in Taipei City,with the party's chairman expressing the hope that Taiwan can become"an island of peace and a place without war."

Speaking at the gathering held at the Civil Service Development Institute, Yok Mu-ming noted that President Ma Ying-jeou has also said he wants the Taiwan Strait to be free of military conflict.

However, creating an island of peace cannot be easily achieved and requires the concerted efforts of all the parties involved, Yok said.

The New Party has therefore decided to employ innovative thinking and obtain the public's opinion before working to influence the government's policies and to realize its goal of lasting peace, he said.

Also speaking at the gathering, Robert Tsao, honorary chairman of chipmaker giant United Microelectronics Corp., reiterated his call for a "peaceful co-existence law" on cross-strait relations.

Tsao said that although the Republic of China on Taiwan is sovereign and independent, unification with China should not be ruled out.

However, unification must first be approved by the people of Taiwan through a referendum, and China must clearly state beforehand its conditions for unification, he stressed.

"Taiwan could move toward independence or it could pursue unification with China, but military conflict is not necessary in either scenario," Tsao said.

Several top central and local government officials attended the New Party's anniversary gathering, including Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung, Presidential Office Secretary-General Chan Chun-po, and Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin.

KMT legislators Hung Hsiu-chu, Alex Tsai, and Lai Shyh-bao were also at the gathering.

Although the New Party has held a limited number of seats in the Legislative Yuan in the past, it failed to pass the 5-percent threshold to qualify for representation in the legislature in the most recent election held this January, in which it fielded 10 legislator-at-large candidates.

Updated : 2021-04-17 21:39 GMT+08:00