Tsai praises KMT’s main­land pol­icy: KMT

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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

Agree­ments

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.

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