Lien's cross-strait formula erases Taiwan: DPP
By Enru Lin, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's major opposition party bristled yesterday at the cross-strait formula Lien Chan (連戰) posed to Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平) in Beijing.
February 26, 2013, 12:15 am TWN
Lien yesterday pronounced a new “16-character principle” for the cross-strait relationship: One China (一個中國), cross-strait peace (兩岸和平), mutually beneficial integration (互利融合) and rejuvenation of the Chinese nation (振興中華).
He also told Xi that the two sides should build a “balanced, equal and effective political framework,” according to the former's office.
In Taipei, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) accused Lien of ingratiating himself with China at Taiwan's expense.
Lien's formula drops the “different interpretations” from “One China with different interpretations,” the long-standing policy that there is one China but that both governments are free to hold their own interpretation of China.
Lien also gave a verbal nod to “integration” and to creating a political framework that governs both sides of the Strait, according to Honigmann Hong (洪財隆) of the DPP's Department of China Affairs (中國事務部).
Hong said Lien's remarks are fully compatible with China's aspirations for reunification. They echo Jia Qinglin (賈慶林), chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, who declared last August that “the two sides belong to one country,” he said.
“In the eyes of Lien Chan, is there a Republic of China? Is there a nation called Taiwan?” he continued.
“Late yesterday at the DPP's Taipei headquarters, Hong said the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Communist Party may be heading toward political talks that lead to reunification.
He called on President Ma Ying-jeou to come clear on who Lien speaks for. “Does Lien Chan represent the views of Ma Ying-jeou?” he said.
Lien, a former vice president and KMT honorary chairman, is on a four-day Beijing trip to call on Xi, Hu Jintao and top cadres. The Presidential Office said last week that Ma has not tasked Lien with a specific mission, but that the president remains committed to strengthening cross-strait ties.