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DPP by logical extension a 'pro-ROC' political party?

On Tuesday, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) told members of the foreign press that the Resolution on Taiwan's Future (台灣前途決議文) is the "most important" document of the DPP. She added, however, that the resolution is an "interpretation" of the charter. Typical of a politician, her remarks were neither here nor there.

The opening paragraph of the DPP charter talks about the necessity of writing a new constitution and establishing a "Republic of Taiwan." This portion of the charter is what people commonly refer to as the "Taiwan independence clause".

In 1999, the DPP adopted the Resolution on Taiwan's Future, which states that Taiwan is already a sovereign nation — "currently called the Republic of China" — and that any change to the status quo must be decided by the nation through referendum. The resolution was thought to replace the Taiwan independence clause.

In principle, what the resolution stands for is not that different from what the Kuomintang (KMT) has been advocating with regard to Taiwanese sovereignty and the status quo. There are of course differences, but the main idea of Taiwan, aka the Republic of China (or the Republic of China aka Taiwan, depending on your preference), being an independent country is the same, and the proposal that the status quo can only be changed through nationwide referendum is the same.

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