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DPP should clarify its cross-strait policy: founding member

2016/09/28 23:13:36

Hsu Jung-shu. (CNA file photo)

Taipei, Sept. 28 (CNA) The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) should consider the interests of the Taiwanese people and adopt a clear and definite cross-strait policy to avoid reacting passively to Beijing's moves, a founding member of the party said Wednesday.

Speaking on the party's 30th anniversary, Hsu Jung-shu (許榮淑) said the DPP "is not a rookie anymore" and should "make contributions to the Taiwanese people," since the party has won the reins of government for the second time and holds a legislative majority for the first time.

On Sept. 28, 1986, 132 people took an oath at the Grand Hotel in Taipei to found the DPP, at a time when Taiwan was still under martial-law rule and the establishment of political parties was not allowed. Hsu was one of the 18 people on the organizing committee that founded the party.

The DPP had planned to hold an expanded meeting of its central standing committee at the Grand Hotel on Wednesday, inviting all 18 members of the organizing committee to gather for a reunion.

However, the function was canceled due to Typhoon Megi, which swept through Taiwan on Tuesday.

Although Taiwan has grown over the past three decades into a liberal democracy, the issue of national identity remains a pain that has split the country in a "unification versus independence" debate, Hsu said.

A captain "is obliged to inform her passengers where the ship is heading," Hsu said.

Some people envision Taiwan an independent nation that does not bear the official name the Republic of China and is not governed based on the ROC Constitution of 1947, while those advocating "unification" see a future union with the Beijing regime as a new entity -- however that is defined.

Hsu said, the issue of unification or independence should be discussed by all groups in the spirit of democracy, in the same way that the DPP debated its China policy in 1998 when Hsu Hsin-liang (許信良) was its chairman.

In 2008, Hsu Jung-shu was expecting that the DPP would draft a cross-strait policy that was not as reliant on Beijing as the Kuomintang's but at the same time would take care of the interests of the Taiwanese people.

She was expelled by the DPP in 2009 after she visited China in defiance of the party's policy, and she later founded the "People Priority Party" (人民最大黨).

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Kuo Chung-han)
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