Hung gath­ers pace, as­pires to move for­ward on China

Says Tai­wan needs to win the “hearts and minds” of 1.3 bil­lion


As her party cleared the way for re­cently re­leased opin­ion polls to be ver­i­fied by its Cen­tral Stand­ing Com­mit­tee to­day, Deputy Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu ( ) said on Tues­day that both sides of the Tai­wan Strait needed to ex­er­cise more com­pas­sion in their mu­tual re­la­tions. Hung made the com­ments at the Leg­isla­tive Yuan be­fore po­lit­i­cal ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the rul­ing Kuom­intang (KMT) and the op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party ( DPP) broke down re­gard­ing pos­si­ble con­sti­tu­tional amend­ments to be made early next year.

Elab­o­rat­ing on Cross-strait Re­la­tions

In re­marks made to the press yesterday, Hung tried to dis­pel fears that she ad­vo­cates im­me­di­ate uni­fi­ca­tion with China, say­ing that the process would hinge on the na­tion’s con­sti­tu­tion and pop­u­lar will.

“The idea of a peace agree­ment is not my in­ven­tion. It’s just that no­body has cho­sen to act. Why? Be­cause of pop­u­lar opin­ion. The prospect seemed ter­ri­ble and be­cause of re­sis­tance they shrank back,” Hung said while men­tion­ing early at­tempts brought up by pres­i­dents Lee Teng-hui, Chen Shuib­ian and Ma Ying-jeou, as well as pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates in­clud­ing Tsai Ing-wen ( ).

She said that if the “1992 Con­sen­sus” was to move fur­ther to­ward the “deep-end of the pool,” public opin­ion would be piv­otal. Hung also ex­pressed doubts on whether the con­sti­tu­tion would al­low for Tai­wanese in­de­pen­dence.

Hung said that Tai­wan’s demo­cratic sys­tem should be used to win the hearts and minds of China’s 1.3 bil­lion peo­ple, a re­mark she made dur­ing a speech out­lin­ing her po­lit­i­cal vi­sion at KMT head­quar­ters last Wed­nes­day. Hung said that in the past, Tai­wan was en­vi­sioned as a model province of all of China and that its in­sti­tu­tions had drawn ad­mi­ra­tion from the main­land. She said that Tai­wan should ex­em­plify con­fi­dence, learn­ing and hope to its larger neigh­bor.

Hung added that China needed to con­sider pop­u­lar sen­ti­ment in Tai­wan so that its “gi­gan­tic scale” was not a means to threaten but could be changed to op­por­tu­nity.

Ma ‘sur­prised’ at Polling

Out­come: Hung

The deputy speaker also elab­o­rated on a meet­ing be­tween her­self and Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou on Mon­day in which the in­cum­bent leader pledged to sup­port her cam­paign, a prom­ise which was also made by KMT Chair­man Eric Chu on Sun­day.

“I think he was sur­prised that I ended up over the bar­rier,” Hung said re­fer­ring to the party’s 30 per­cent opin­ion poll hur­dle. Hung even­tu­ally ex­ceeded that fig­ure with a 46.2 per­cent show­ing.

Hung said that Ma re­ferred to her as “tough.”

Fundrais­ing Passes NT$10 mil­lion mark

Mean­while Hung’s fi­nan­cial cam­paign­ing stepped into gear as her of­fi­cial cam­paign web­site an­nounced that it had at­tracted thou­sands of in­di­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions amount­ing to over NT$10 mil­lion since the ac­count for small-sized po­lit­i­cal cam­paign do­na­tions was set up in late May.

She re­it­er­ated that she would not draw party funds for her pres­i­den­tial cam­paign thus sav­ing fi­nan­cial re­sources for leg­is­la­tors in lo­cal elec­tions.

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