Sta­tus quo is that of sovereign ROC: DPP mem­ber

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The ba­sis of main­tain­ing Tai­wan’s sta­tus quo and its re­la­tions with China is the un­der­stand­ing that Tai­wan is a sovereign, in­de­pen­dent coun­try con­sti­tu­tion­ally named the Repub­lic of China, Hung Chi-chang ( ), a se­nior mem­ber of the op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP), said Sun­day.

His com­ment came in the wake of a state­ment Satur­day by DPP Chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen (

), the DPP’s pre­sump­tive pres­i­den­tial can­di­date for 2016, who said that the party’s ba­sic prin­ci­ple in han­dling cross-Tai­wan Strait re­la­tions is “main­tain­ing the sta­tus quo.”

Hung, who had served as Tai- wan’s top ne­go­tia­tor with China, said that main­tain­ing the sta­tus quo in cross-strait re­la­tions is the con­sen­sus among the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple in Tai­wan. It has also been the foun­da­tion for the co-ex­is­tence of the R.O.C. and the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China (PRC) over the past 65 years and for the change from two bel­liger­ent forces to two sep­a­rate gov­ern­ments, he said.

“There­fore, the sta­tus quo is that ‘Tai­wan is a sovereign, in­de­pen­dent coun­try named the R.O.C.,’ ac­cord­ing to the Con­sti­tu­tion,” Hung said.

Main­tain­ing the sta­tus quo in cross-strait re­la­tions means main­tain­ing the cur­rent and ex­ist­ing state of af­fairs across the strait, Hung said in re­sponse to re­port- ers’ ques­tions.

Hung was at­tend­ing the launch of a book ti­tled “Fac­ing On: CrossStrait Fu­ture in the Scopes of Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party Elites” ( :

), by Tung Chen-yuan, a dis­tin­guished pro­fes­sor at Na­tional Chengchi Uni­ver­sity.

In the book, Hung is quoted as say­ing that if the DPP re­turns to power in 2016, he hopes it will give up its pur­suit of Tai­wan’s de jure in­de­pen­dence and pro­duce a new Repub­lic of China Res­o­lu­tion in place of its cur­rent one that em­pha­sizes Tai­wan’s in­de­pen­dence from China.

Hung told re­porters that in dis­cus­sions on de jure in­de­pen­dence, the ques­tion is of­ten raised of whether a rad­i­cal or prag­matic ap­proach should be adopted.

In his view, he said, the pur­suit of de jure in­de­pen­dence means cre­at­ing a new con­sti­tu­tion, es­tab­lish­ing a new coun­try, or uni­lat­er­ally declar­ing Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence.

Hung said he be­lieves, there­fore, that de jure in­de­pen­dence is not a di­rec­tion the DPP would wish to take as a re­spon­si­ble party if it re­turns to power.

He noted that Tsai has said cross- strait ties mean Tai­wanChina re­la­tions and do not equal ties be­tween the Kuom­intang and the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party and that the DPP wants to play an ac­tive, re­spon­si­ble role in crossstrait re­la­tions.

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