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Proposal to replace DPP's Taiwan independence platform shot down

2018/07/15 18:41:39

Taipei, July 15 (CNA) A proposal to replace the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) previous pro-Taiwan independence resolutions with a provision stressing the maintenance of the status quo across the Taiwan Strait was vetoed at the party's annual congress Sunday.

Party delegate Hsu Han-sheng (許瀚升) said a new resolution based on Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) emphasis on the need to maintain the status quo across the strait, which helped the party win two major elections in 2016, was needed to update the party's stance on the critical issue as local elections approach.

Hsu said he was putting forth the proposal as a gesture to "echo mainstream public opinion" and to "consolidate the party's election victories" as it faces a critical test in November's local government elections.

The measure was also necessary to keep cross-strait ties as they currently are and to maintain Taiwan's status as an independent sovereign country, and would replace the 2007 resolution to make Taiwan a "normal country," Hsu said.

It would also replace the DPP's 1991 resolution to adopt the platform of "building an autonomous Republic of Taiwan" whose sovereignty is independent of China and a 1999 resolution calling for Taiwanese to determine the political future of the island, Hsu said.

Were the congress to accept the proposal, Hsu argued, it would help forge a "Taiwan consensus" and boost the DPP's image as a proactive promoter of peace between Taiwan and China.

Tsai, who is also president, said similar proposals were put forward in 2016 and 2017, and the one made by Lin Wei-hao (林維浩) last year was already discussed by the party's Central Standing Committee.

She suggested that this year's party congress skip discussions of Hsu's proposal, a suggestion that was passed by a majority of party delegates at the congress being held at the Grand Hotel in Taipei.

(By Wang Cheng-chung and S.C. Chang)