Former premier prompts DPP to reform cross-strait policies
Former Premier Frank Hsieh (
) said yesterday that now would be the best time for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to reform its cross-strait policies before the 2016 presidential election.
Hsieh made the remarks in a radio show he hosted yesterday, and said that if the DPP did not manage to sort out its cross-strait policies, it would not be a stable government even if it stepped into power following the election.
“The DPP should make some adjustments when it is at its strongest point after the 9-in-1 elections,” said Hsieh.
“Taiwan’s cross-strait policies should be supported by over 60 percent of its people; the DPP has garnered the support of only 30 percent, and the same goes for the ruling Kuomintang. The DPP has to look for the 60 percent consensus that indicates the nation’s approval, and proceed to negotiate with China with a strong backup. The backup would be the people’s opinions,” said Hsieh.
“The consensus of Taiwan means the majority of people in Taiwan, and it includes both the DPP and the KMT. Taiwan’s consensus must override Hsieh.
“Of course Taiwan’s consensus would include the KMT’s. From what I see, this includes the KMT’s usage of the ‘Republic of China,’ they say R.O.C., we say Taiwan; they have their supporters, we have ours. But the R.O.C. is Taiwan, and Taiwan equals the R.O.C., this would make up about 60 or 70 percent of supporters,” said Hsieh.
The Constitution as the
Hsieh also placed emphasis on the importance of following Taiwan’s constitution before making any policy adjustments. “The R.O.C. derives from our constitution. It doesn’t matter who it is, people have to enter elections and step into office according to the constitution, so we have to stay true to what the constitution regulates. If you don’t, you can be arrested on the charge of treason. We must face reality and handle what we have to now; to abide by the constitution before we make any changes,” said Hsieh.
The former premier was heard being optimistic about his party’s chances of winning the presidential elections, saying that it would be best if the U.S. finds the DPP’s cross-strait policies acceptable, and China, tolerable.
“But would it mean that the DPP wouldn’t win if it doesn’t meet the standards (of the U.S. and China)? I don’t think so,” said Hsieh.
The KMT is suffering from low morale now, and cannot find a suitable candidate to run for president, said Hsieh.
“It would be possible that the DPP eventually wins. But if the issues with the U.S. and China are not dealt with appropriately, the DPP’s rule would not be stable ... we must have strong cross-strait policies that will hold,” said Hsieh.
“If we reflect on our mistakes when we are weak, people will think we are lacking in confidence, and are only changing because we lost in the elections. But when you make adjustments after a victory, you are being responsible to your triumph, and that makes it the best time to make differences,” said Hsieh.
The DPP is seen by many to be torn over Taiwan’s relationship with China recently, as some are not opposed to Taiwan’s joining of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), instead opting for the nation to join as soon as permission is secured.