Former DPP and KMT officials to present joint China ideas
Shih Ming-teh and Su Chi to join up for May 27 presentation
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-05-23 02:49 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A group of diverse former politicians including Democratic Progressive Party ex-Chairman Shih Ming-teh and former National Security Council Secretary-General Su Chi were planning to present new ideas for China policies, reports said Friday.

The group was scheduled to unveil the package of ideas and proposals at a news conference on May 27.

The news caused surprise because of the diverse political backgrounds of the people mentioned behind the plan.

Several of the promoters have a history with the pro-Taiwan Independence DPP, such as Shih, former Straits Exchange Foundation Chairman Hung Chi-chang and former Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chen Ming-tung.

On the other hand, Su is best known as the man who coined the term “1992 Consensus,” a supposed agreement reached at talks between Taiwan and China in Hong Kong in 1992 which allowed both sides to agree to One China, but with each side giving its own interpretation of what that term meant.

The DPP has always denied there was ever such a consensus, while Su and KMT governments have staunchly defended it, describing it as the basis for recently improving relations.

Critics have pointed out that Chinese officials never mention the phrase “each his own interpretation,” but limit themselves to parroting the need for One China.

The group supporting the new China concept also included ex-Foreign Minister C.J. Chen, who served under the DPP, former SEF Secretary-General Chiao Jen-ho, who formed part of KMT administrations, and Chang Wu-Ueh, the chairman of the Graduate Institute of China Studies at Tamkang University, reports said.

The professor said that Shih and Su discussed their ideas together and consulted with ex-Premier Hau Pei-tsun, Examination Yuan President John Kuan and former World United Formosans for Independence leader George Chang. Hau and Kuan have an image as hardline One China supporters, while WUFI was the leading pro-independence organization overseas when such ideas were still banned inside Taiwan.

Chang Wu-Ueh rejected media reports that next week’s call, which had been under discussion for about half a year, would bear slogans like “One China, Two Countries,” “One Country, Two Governments” or the “New One China Principle.”

The professor said a divided Taiwan had nothing to gain, so the group’s plan had the aim of bringing the two sides inside the country together and reach a consensus favorable to the interests of the majority in Taiwan.

He hinted that the “1992 Consensus” had already served its course, but because the DPP could not accept it and both the KMT and the Communists held diverging views, it was necessary to come up with new ideas that could unite Taiwan while maintaining progress in relations with China.

Hung, who has a long career as a DPP lawmaker behind him, reportedly said the current “One China, Two Countries” was a transitional phase, with the two societies having to decide whether the transition would lead to unification or independence.

Beijing reportedly did not approve of the new ideas because they amounted to One China with a touch of Taiwan Independence, reports said. China had reportedly asked the group not to come out into the open with its ideas next week. Plans for Hau to attend Tuesday’s news conference were canceled after he had a fallout with Shih over the student occupation of the Legislative Yuan to protest against the trade-in-services pact with China, reports said.

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