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Former premier explains 'two constitutions' platform in US

TAIPEI--Former Premier Frank Hsieh said yesterday that if his initiative of "constitutions with different interpretations" on each side of the Taiwan Strait can be accepted by the Taiwanese people and the United States, it should also be tolerated by the Chinese government.

Hsieh, who is currently visiting the U.S., said that his idea refers to "two sides, two constitutions."

"The Constitution of the Republic of China governs Taiwan, while the Constitution of the People's Republic of China rules the mainland, The two sides are equal and in a special relationship and are not subordinate to each other," Hsieh said while visiting David M. Lampton, director of China Studies at Johns Hopkins University, Monday.

The cross-strait policy adopted by his opposition Democratic Progressive Party should be accepted by Taiwan and the U.S. and tolerated by Beijing, the former premier said, adding that this could be achieved by his "constitutions with different interpretations."

At present, 75 percent of the Legislature needs to vote and at least half of the eligible voters have to agree in referendum to amend the Constitution, Hsieh said.

This makes the Constitution a solid framework with the aim of forming a consensus among different parties, so that Taiwan can continue to develop peacefully and stably, he said.

In addition, he said, it could become a mechanism to bring stability between Taiwan and the mainland.

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