60-percent consensus for cross-strait relations: Hsieh
Former Premier Frank Hsieh ( ) made an appearance in National Chengchi University professor Tung Chen-yuan’s ( ) new book, “Confronting DPP Elites’ Cross-Strait Relations” (
), stating that Taiwan should strive to find a 60-percent agreement that surpasses the traditional Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) stance before attempt- ing to approach mainland China, the Central News Agency reported yesterday.
Tung, who wrote the new book along with fellow author Li Hsiaochuang ( ), president of Golden Bridge Magazine ( ), invited DPP sect leaders, special municipality mayors, legislators and staff to analyze and provide suggestions regarding the DPP’s cross-strait relations strategy.
Among the interviewees was former Premier Hsieh. In an excerpt released prior to the book’s publication, Hsieh states that the DPP should hold a debate session to clarify the party’s future strategy and policy course regarding crossstrait politics and economics.
The former premier believes the DPP’s idea of Taiwan’s future is not agreed with by all citizens. The DPP should look beyond the party itself, even integrating the KMT, other parties’ ideals, as well as the Constitution of the Republic of China.
A Taiwan agreement with the backing of 60 to 70 percent of citizens should be implemented in stabilizing the government’s system and law, Hsieh explained.
Hsieh pointed out that some party members consider a large portion of the younger generation involved in last year’s Sunflower Movement to be pro- independence. However, Hsieh said that while the younger generation does not wish to be ruled by mainland China, their idea of what it means to be independent differs from the traditional pro-independence model, according to CNA.
The current pro-independence ideal has surpassed the traditional consensus, Hsieh said. Seventy percent of Taiwan’s citizens call themselves “Taiwanese,” but there are also over 70 percent who accept the Republic of China’s flag and title, reflecting a subtle contradiction within the views of citizens.
“It is possible for the DPP to be in power after the 2016 presidential election,” Hsieh said, further explaining that cross-strait relations will never be stabilized if the DPP does not revise its cross-strait strategy and reaches a consensus without the involvement of others. Regarding the service trade pact and the signing of agreements with mainland China, the DPP should clarify whether it is opposing the laws, or whether it is actually opposing the idea of free trade, Hsieh said.
Hsieh said cross-strait relations are vital for Taiwan, as it is an island country, saying further that everyone should benefit from the special circumstances between Taiwan and mainland China. “Confronting DPP Elites’ Cross-Strait Relations” is set to be released later this month.