DPP vows to break pan-blue monopoly on cross-strait ties
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is deliberating an expansion of its interaction with mainland China to break what it calls a “cross-strait relations monopoly by certain parties.”
September 27, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The DPP should “actively and confidently” participate in cross-strait interactions, according to a statement released by the DPP on its website after the party's fifth Chinese policy meeting, yesterday.
The party should pay attention to the imbalance of cross-strait political exchanges, the statement said, likely referring to the head start gained by the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) in dialogues with mainland China since President Ma Ying-jeou's detente policy in 2008.
According to media reports, National Chengchi University professor Tung Chen-yuan (童振源) proposed at the Chinese policy meeting presided over by former Premier Frank Hsieh for an adjustment of the party's Taiwan Independence Clause. Tung urged for the establishment of a “Resolution on the Republic of China” to replace the “Resolution on Taiwan's Future” in order to open the way for dialogue between the DPP and mainland China.
Tung made similar suggestions in an article published by the website my-formosa.com yesterday. He also called for the use of the Taiwan Reform Foundation（台灣維新基金會） and other think tanks or academic organizations as platforms for dialogue.
Tung served as a deputy chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council in the DPP government and is regarded as a member of the “Hsieh faction” within the DPP. The Taiwan Reform Foundation is run by Hsieh.
The United Evening News reported that Tung was to champion the Hsieh faction in a “battle” against the panelists from the hard-line pro-independence “New Faction” including former DPP Legislator Lin Cho-shui (林濁水) and incumbent DPP lawmaker Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康).
According to the newspaper, Tuan argued that the DPP does not mention “Taiwan Republic” in any of its formal documents and therefore does not need to adjust anything. What the DPP should do is to “figure out the party's direction and position.”
After the meeting, however, Hsieh stressed that “adjustment of Taiwan independence stance” was not discussed and dismissed the reports of a “faction battle” in the party.