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DPP must prove ability to handle cross-strait affairs: Hsieh

Former Premier and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) senior member Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) stated yesterday that the DPP has to win the trust of the general public that it can handle cross-strait affairs and communicate swiftly with Beijing.

The DPP has to convince people that if the party regains dominance in Taiwan, cross-strait exchanges will not stop, Hsieh said.

According to Hsieh, he has talked with DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) about his trip to mainland China. Su stated that it was not easy for Hsieh to take such a step forward.

Hsieh stated that Su will come up with an integral strategy for the party concerning cross-strait affairs based on his trip and several seminars held by the party.

The former premier said that although making this step forward is risky, he was willing to try, and has already made some progress.

Hsieh's proposal to Beijing that both sides should use their own constitution to define the status quo received mixed responses within the DPP. In response, the former premier stated that since the current Constitution of the R.O.C. has been implemented for years, it would be problematic if people do not identify with it. Before a new Constitution is made, the current Constitution is the Constitution of the R.O.C., Hsieh said.

Former Premier Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃) stated yesterday that all DPP members should support the establishment of an independent country, which is stipulated in the party platform. Yu said to build an independent country is the commitment of the DPP to the people in Taiwan.

Yu went on that increasing dialogue with neighboring countries is beneficial to Taiwan, and mainland China is an important country to Taiwan. Thus, under the trend of regional integration and globalization, Taiwan and China should enhance economic cooperation and cultural exchanges based on mutual benefits. Furthermore, both sides should be dedicated to promote regional security.

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