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DPP's Ker urges freeze of independence clause

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- After Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming called for the party to freeze the “Taiwan Independence Clause” in its party platform, Chairman Su Tseng-chang replied yesterday that the suggestion was not an issue as Taiwan is already an independent nation.

Ker made his statement during a conference regarding the party's cross-strait relations policies on Thursday, saying that the DPP should freeze its so-called Taiwan Independence Clause — which was centered on the party's belief that Taiwan should be independent from China — because continuing to pursue the ideology could delay the DPP's return to power.

If the DPP's agenda is a return to power, it will be necessary to show potential voters, China and the world that it is capable of maintaining cross-strait relations with a global outlook, said Ker, who also suggested that the clause could be “unfrozen” in the future.

Having stated that the idea was his own, Ker continued to say that in lieu of the original Taiwan independence movement his party once supported, the DPP should map out new cross-strait policies with a new global viewpoint.

The independence clause in the party's platform calls for the actual establishment of the Republic of Taiwan, instead of being ruled under the People's Republic of China. “The clause has already served a historical mission,” Ker stated.

According to Su, Taiwan has progressed through amending its Constitution, re-electing its legislature and also directly voting for its president; it is undoubtedly a sovereign nation with independent rights. “The freezing of the Taiwan Independence Clause should not be an issue,” Su concluded.

The DPP proposed the “Taiwan Independence Clause” during the martial law period, arguing that the power belongs to the people and insisting that Taiwan is an independent country, said Su. “After so many years of hardships and amendments, Taiwan also reinvented the provincial state; history walked us through these milestones, the most important thing to do now is to develop the nation.” The “reinvention of the provincial state” refers to the consensus between both ruling and opposition parties in 1996, who concluded that the Taiwan Provincial Government no longer had political rights over the central government.

Su notes that he respects Ker's opinion, but “the united opinion of us all should be prioritized. The biggest consensus Taiwan has at the moment is that 'We are an independent nation,' the future lies in the democracy and the hands of our 23 million people.”

May Induce Unnecessary Qualms: Lu

Former Vice President Annette Lu said that if the motive behind Ker's proposal is “communication between the DPP and China,” the proposal may cause unnecessary qualms and suspicions. “In 1991, the Taiwan Independence Clause stated that if the Republic of Taiwan is to be established, a referendum would be needed. But since 1996, people have been voting together for their president, regardless of their being pan-blue or green; the act already means that Taiwan is an independent country, with the name still being the Republic of China,” Lu explained.

The 1996 presidential elections later gave birth to the DPP's “Resolution on Taiwan's Future,” and the document clearly states that Taiwan is a nation with independent sovereign rights. “As we are now independent and called the Republic of China — the Resolution corrects the 'Republic of Taiwan' part in the clause. This is acceptable to people now, but there may be unnecessary questions raised if we freeze the clause to interact with China,” Lu said.

December 28, 2013    kingsolomon@
The DPP is trying its best to muddle their platform and issue, trying to disorient the Taiwanese people just so the people will vote for them. They are starting to learn that you can never fool all the people all the time. Still they want to get out of the situation of their own stupid making. The Taiwanese people are not that stupid, maybe the younger generation could still be brainwashed and fooled, but the mature ones are wiser and understand what the real agenda of the DPP is: just to WIN the election they are going to sell their souls to the devil. They want to be back in power to continue the corrupt and selfish practices of Chen Shui Bien and to pardon and set him free so they can have their hands on the ill-gotten wealth of their colleague.
December 28, 2013    superkinez@
Mr. Ker, freeze or give up your childish and irresponsible dream completely? How come our Pro Japan DPP friend LUDAHAI is not commenting on this? Did you jump from Taipei 101? Flee to Mainland China? Japan?
December 28, 2013    legerweck@
Taiwan is an independent country. All of its people elect their President and legislature, choosing from candidates with quite different positions. Taiwan has its own army, navy and air force. It has its own culture, which is similar to China's. But Taiwan has never experienced communism or been ruled by China for more than a century. It is a well developed prosperous country, surrounded by trading partners such as S. Korea, Japan, Philippines, etc. The fiction that it is part of China, by some, stunts its progress and development.
December 29, 2013    ludahai_twn@
superkinez@ wrote:
Mr. Ker, freeze or give up your childish and irresponsible dream completely? How come our Pro Japan DPP friend LUDAHAI is not commenting on this? Did you jump from Taipei 101? Flee to Mainland China? Japan?
I was out of town for a marathon. I am pro-Taiwan, not pro-Japan. As I have pointed out in the past, there is no legal basis for Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan. You and your side have not been able to provide any evidence that sovereignty was legally transferred from Japan to China following World War II. I stand for the right of Taiwan's people to determine Taiwan's destiny.
December 30, 2013    superkinez@
legerweck@ wrote:
Taiwan is an independent country. All of its people elect their President and legislature, choosing from candidates with quite different positions. Taiwan has its own army, navy and air force. It has its own culture, which is similar to China's. But Taiwan has never experienced communism or been ruled by China for more than a century. It is a well developed prosperous country, surrounded by trading partners such as S. Korea, Japan, Philippines, etc. The fiction that it is part of China, by some, stunts its progress and development.
True, we never experienced communism, but that does not mean we are not Chinese. Since South Koreans don't live under communism, they are not Koreans? We are the original Chinese republic, the communists kicked us out and they started a new country.
January 3, 2014    carltanong@
Ker is using his croc's diversion tactic. His purpose is to escape his own mess of corruption case.

Tsu is buying popularity in preparation for 2016 presidential election.

Both Ker and Tsu have the same croc's behavior flapping around and around blah blah blah........
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