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United Daily News: Impossible for DPP to abandon 'Taiwan independence'
Central News Agency
2014-01-06 11:30 AM
With the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) preparing to publish its China policy this week, all eyes are fixed on how the party will detach itself from its long-held position on "Taiwan independence." While DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang said the party "has no need to go back and promote Taiwan independence all over again," another party heavyweight Frank Hsieh reiterated his proposal for "two sides, two Constitutions." Senior Legislator Ker Chien-ming, meanwhile, suggested putting a freeze on the pro-independence clause in the DPP platform. Despite the heated debate within the DPP, there are various signs that the DPP will be unable to free itself from the restriction of Taiwan independence this time. Su, for example, has dismissed Ker's idea as a "non-issue." The DPP is in a dilemma. It has to get out of its restrictive Taiwan independence position if it hopes to return to power in 2016, but due to the internal tug-of-war over the issue, this is an impossible goal for the party. In 2000, Chen Shui-bian was able to win the presidency partly because the DPP adopted a "Resolution on Taiwan's Future" as a means of dumping its independence cause. After it came to power, however, the DPP reverted to its independence-related elements to manipulate domestic politics. Now, in a bid to pave the way for the DPP's return to power, various ideas are popping up within the party to abandon "Taiwan independence." But this is nothing more than an election gimmick. Even if the DPP makes a show of abandoning "Taiwan independence" and it wins the 2016 presidential election, can it fool the United States, China and voters? This is exactly the painful experience that Taiwan endured under the DPP administration from 2000 to 2008. Is the DPP going to repeat the same tragedy in 2016? Taiwan may not be able to withstand such torture again. (Editorial abstract -- Jan. 6, 2014) (By Y.F. Low)
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