Tsai praises KMT’s mainland policy: KMT
The Kuomintang ( KMT) expressed its gratitude toward Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing- wen ( ), who affirmed the KMT’s mainland policy achievements in her speech to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., according to a press release from the KMT.
Lin Yi-hua ( ), chair of the KMT’s Culture and Communications Committee ( ), called on Tsai to clarify whether her intention to follow the KMT’s policies signals that Taiwan would best be served by the KMT being returned to power in the upcoming presidential election.
Lin noted that Tsai omitted the fact that the status quo began only after Taiwan’s voters elected a KMT president in 2008 and again in 2012, when the voters rejected Tsai. Under the KMT, negotiations with mainland China replaced confrontation, and achieved positive outcomes. This dialogue has been possible on the basis of the “1992 Consensus,” whereas Tsai continues to avoid stating clearly how, and on what basis, she would maintain the current peaceful cross-strait status quo, Lin stated.
If, as media reports state, Tsai’s cross-strait policy is to escape from the “1992 Consensus,” the fact remains that she has yet to articulate an alternative framework that is acceptable to both sides, said Lin.
There is an obvious contradiction if Tsai affirms the current peaceful and stable status quo while at the same time seeking to escape from it, said Lin. Lin ques- tioned whether the DPP instead seeks to replace the “1992 Consensus” with a framework that is both unstable and unacceptable.
KMT Willing to Cooperate with DPP over Cross-strait
To maximize the benefits of further agreements with the mainland, the KMT reiterated its willingness to work with the DPP to pass legislation that increases oversight of cross-strait agreements, legislation that Tsai herself supports. Given that in her CSIS speech Tsai affirmed the KMT administration’s cross-strait and domestic policy achievements, perhaps she should apologize for those of her party colleagues who, over the last seven years, repeatedly sought to undermine Taiwan’s democ- racy, such as by occupation of the speaker’s podium in Taiwan’s parliament, the Legislative Yuan, and by taking actions to obstruct the legislative calendar, Lin stated.
Tsai also said in her CSIS speech that if elected president, she will push for peaceful and stable development of cross-strait relations in accordance with the will of the Taiwanese people and the existing Republic of China constitutional order. However, in her public comments in Taiwan, Tsai never references the nation’s existing constitutional order. In fact, doing so would contradict both the DPP’s Taiwan Independence Clause and its Resolution on Taiwan’s Future. The KMT calls on Tsai to clarify if her party has frozen or abandoned these parts of its agenda, said Lin.