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DPP condemns Wu Po-hsiung for silence at cross-strait forum

By Enru Lin--The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislative caucus said that Kuomintang (KMT) Honorary Chairman Wu Po-hsiung (吳伯雄) had "sold out" Taiwan through his silence at the Eighth Cross-Straits Economic, Trade and Culture Forum (國共論壇) on Saturday in Harbin.

At the forum on Saturday, Chairman Jia Qinglin (賈慶林) of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference said that "the two sides of the Strait belong to one country, and cross-strait relations are not state-to-state relations."

"Jia's statement has a strong imperialist flavor," said DPP caucus Secretary-General Chen Ting-fei (陳亭妃) at a press event yesterday morning.

Wu, who was a Taiwan delegate at the forum, had not repudiated the statement. Wu provided his "silent confirmation of Jia's claim" and "sold out Taiwan to the Communist Party," Chen continued.

Chen called on President Ma Ying-jeou to protest against his delegate.

"The future of Taiwan should be determined by its 23 million inhabitants — not by you, Ma Ying-jeou, and not by you, the Kuomintang," she said.

KMT Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) responded yesterday that it's appropriate to respect and tolerate the PRC's interpretation of one China.

According to the "1992 Consensus," the cross-strait relationship is governed by the principle of "one China, different interpretations," said Wu.

"So I think we can be a little more tolerant, and not use a harsh attitude when it comes to this issue," he said.

Changes Afoot

Meanwhile, DPP Policy Committee Executive Director Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) stressed that Jia's statement is not the PRC's usual formulation of cross-strait relations.

In years past, the PRC has commonly stated that that the two sides belong to "one China."

But recent months have seen subtle, consistent revisions to the formula. In March, Wu Po-hsiung announced the "one country, two areas" formulation when he met Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) in Beijing. This Saturday Jia echoed the concept, stating that the two sides are "one country."

When the two sides are one China, each side is technically free to define "China," said Wu.

But when the two sides are called one country, Taiwan is being filed under the country of "China," which the international community sees as the PRC, according to Wu.

It is apparent from Saturday that the PRC is slowly but surely advancing an agenda in cross-strait relations, he said.

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