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Tsai calls for consensus on sovereignty concept

TAIPEI -- The most important issue for the Taiwan people at the moment is to forge national consensus on the concept of sovereignty through discussions, an opposition leader said Saturday.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen also said she hopes China would respect the sovereignty of Taiwan, or the Republic of China as it is known officially.

Tsai's comments came in the wake of a proposal put forward Tuesday by a bipartisan group, led by former DPP Chairman Shih Ming-teh, advocating a “greater one China” concept that would adopt five principles to deal with cross-Taiwan Strait relations.

According to the proposal, a “greater one China” would be a new concept of sovereignty that characterized both the Republic of China and the People's Republic of China as two equal, independent governments within China.

The group proposed that Taiwan and China jointly form a “limited international legal entity” to handle cross-strait affairs.

Tsai, who recently took over as the convener of the DPP's China Affairs Committee, said it is good that some people have put forth that concept of sovereignty but it will be difficult to implement unless consensus on the issue is forged in Taiwan.

Turning to the functions of the DPP's China Affairs Committee, Tsai said it serves as a party mechanism to strengthen communications in order to integrate different views and reach common ground. She said she hopes it will provide more opportunities for young people to participate in China affairs.

The committee currently is one person short after one of its nine members, former DPP Secretary-General Wu Nai-jen, was imprisoned earlier this week in a case of breach of trust and abuse of power to help a third party make illicit gains.

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