Was Frank Hsieh reborn on his trip to the mainland?
The China Post news staff
October 25, 2012, 12:10 am TWN
Frank Hsieh, a former Democratic Progressive Party chairman who ran for president unsuccessfully in 2008, appears like a politician reborn. He paid a visit to China early this month to sell to Beijing leaders his "one Constitution with different interpretations" doctrine which differs little except in name from the Kuomintang's "1992 Consensus" — a tacit pact under which both sides of the Taiwan Strait agreed that there is but one China, whose definition each can orally and separately enunciate. It's just a modus vivendi. Since his return, he has been blasted by his fellow politicians for speaking in Beijing like a turncoat, abandoning the party whose aim is to create a sovereign, independent republic of Taiwan.
To prove he isn't a turncoat, Hsieh appeared at a local radio station for an interview last Friday. Asked by pro-independence political commentator Cheng Hung-yi on Super FM98.5 whether he has already given up independence for Taiwan, Hsieh equivocated, saying only that Taiwan independence can be a movement but can't be an election campaign issue for a political party. Then, he went on to explain why.
In the past, Hsieh explained, the Democratic Progressive Party truly wanted to found a sovereign, independent republic of Taiwan. "But that's not necessary now," he added. The reason is that Taiwan has already achieved sovereignty and is independent. "Therefore, Taiwan independence can be just a movement but it can never be an election campaign issue," he stressed.
Recalling the inception of the Democratic Progressive Party in 1986, Hsieh, a founding member, said there wasn't a Taiwan independence issue. It's only after "those blacklisted people returned to Taiwan from abroad" that the "Taiwan independence doctrine has come into existence," he added. "But," he pointed out, "in 1999 the Democratic Progressive Party passed its 'Resolution on the Future of Taiwan,' emphasizing Taiwan is a de facto sovereign, independent state, whose name now is the Republic of China, according to the Constitution."