For­mer pre­mier prompts DPP to re­form cross-strait poli­cies

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY KATHER­INE WEI

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.



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Foun­da­tion: Hsieh


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.

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