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DPP should put independence on ice: Chen

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members appeared torn after former DPP Legislator Chen Zau-nan (陳昭南) yesterday proposed that the party freeze its Taiwan independence clause.

The proposal would bring the DPP one step closer to winning the presidential election in 2016, Chen said.

Chen headed to the party's headquarters to hand in a petition to freeze the clause yesterday, saying that the proposal was aimed at assisting the DPP in finishing its "last mile to go before becoming the ruling party."

The so-called Taiwan independence clause is the first clause listed in the DPP's charter and calls for the establishment of the "Republic of Taiwan."

According to Chen, the petition has been signed by over 40 people so far, including 20 party representatives. "I cannot be listed as the actual proposer (of the petition) as I am not a national party representative, but I have been promoting the case," said Chen, who added that he brought up the suggestion back in 2000.

"Taiwan is a country with independent sovereignty; it is called the Republic of China and the sovereignty belongs to its 23 million people: the afore mentioned is the consensus of the majority in Taiwan," said Chen. "The Taiwan independence clause has finished its periodical mission in history, and there is no need for the DPP to hold up the clause anymore; it should be frozen."

"This is for the good of the DPP and Taiwan. Do not allow cross-strait issues to become a hindrance when the DPP is getting back in power, the KMT has to stop its reign."

Chen stated that the "last mile" for DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to walk would be cross-strait relations, but stressed that he had not discussed his proposal with Tsai beforehand.

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