Talks must be based on 'One China': Xu
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Any dialogue between China and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) must be based on the “One China” principle, a professor with Beijing Union University said, yesterday.
May 4, 2010, 10:58 am TWN
The statement by Xu Bodong, professor in the university's Taiwan Research Center, came after DPP chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen Sunday said that her party does not rule out the possibility of holding direct dialogues with China, if no political preconditions were required.
“This is out of the question,” Xu said. “DPP always refers to the mainland as 'China.' This is an implication of 'one side, one state' and is itself a political precondition.”
Dialogues between China and the DPP are impossible “at this stage, at least,” he said.
Other Beijing-based Taiwan experts echoed Xu's opinion.
One expert, who wishes to stay anonymous, said that Beijing will never withdraw from the One China principle, which China regards as the most fundamental, basic and important element in dealings with Taiwan.
If the DPP does not abandon its “Taiwan Independence Platform,” Beijing will not abandon the One China principle, the expert said.
China in 2005 promulgated the so-called “Anti-Secession Law,” which opposes Taiwan independence. Chinese authorities would never bypass this law when dealing with Taiwan, the expert said.
“The current generation of Chinese leaders will not talk with DPP, and neither will the next generation of leaders,” the expert said.
On Sunday, Tsai suggested that the international community and China should learn the viewpoints of the Taiwanese people through her party.
She said the DPP advocates that Taiwan should “embrace the world and go with the world toward China.” This viewpoint is different from the ruling Kuomintang's approach of “going with China toward the world,” she said.
At a DPP-sponsored symposium on the international situation and Taiwan's strategy, Tsai said the DPP's strategy has taken into consideration the nation's sovereignty, security and economic prosperity.