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More gobbledygook instead of plan for DPP's China policy

Politicians love gobbledygook, the purpose being to keep people in the dark. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has held a series of meetings it calls the Huashan Forum to come up with a new China policy, but the net result is nothing but a "China Policy Memoir," gibberish whose purpose nobody understands, although Beijing understands it doesn't want to "freeze" the Taiwan independence clause of its charter.

The opposition party that is clawing back to power in 2016 has one big obstacle. Because of its insistence on the independence of Taiwan, the People's Republic of China doesn't want to have any official contact with the party or its future government. That's why its legislative caucus whip Ker Chien-ming proposed freezing the clause at the last of the Huashan Forum meetings: to kick off, probably unwittingly, a palace coup against its overbearing chairman Su Tseng-chang. Su is in dire need of reelection from the party leadership race in May so that he may possibly be a shoo-in for the presidential nomination in a little more than two years. He wanted to ram through his "Consensus of Constitutionalism," which is nothing but gobbledygook.

So, when Su called a party central standing committee meeting last Thursday to adopt the new China policy, he met opposition from Frank Hsieh and Tsai Ing-wen, former party chairman and chairwoman who ran unsuccessfully for president against Ma Ying-jeou in 2008 and 2012, respectively. Both of them would like to run again in 2016.

Hsieh, whose running mate was none other than Su himself, insisted that his "Parallel Constitutions (憲法各表)" doctrine be adopted, while Tsai persisted with her "Taiwan Consensus" which she promised in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election as a replacement of the Kuomintang's "Consensus of 1992."

1 Comment
January 20, 2014    legerweck@
The gold standard of gobbledy-goop is the One China farce; i.e., the Republic of China, which is being promoted by the KMT and President Ma. It takes an escape from reality to promote this notion unless one is willing or wants to give-up Taiwan democracy and Independence. Perhaps Ma envisions fame and nobility in handing Taiwan to China.
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