60-per­cent con­sen­sus for cross-strait re­la­tions: Hsieh

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY STEPHANIE CHAO

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.

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