DPP congress to deal with elections and China motions
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-07-19 04:15 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A key member of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party said Saturday he would file a new motion about relations with China at Sunday’s congress, though the meeting was expected to focus on the re-election of key committees.

Delegates at the DPP congress will pick a 30-member Central Executive Committee, which in turn will select ten members for the Central Standing Committee, the group which meets almost each Wednesday to discuss political developments.

The elections might take up so much time that little will left to pay attention to several motions about the party’s contested Taiwan Independence clause, reports said.

A group led by former legislator Chen Zau-nan wants to freeze the clause because it says independence has become a non-issue. After introducing direct legislative and presidential elections in the 1990s, Taiwan has already become a true independent nation, albeit under the name Republic of China, Chen and his supporters say.

DPP lawmaker Chen Ting-fei fiercely opposes the group’s viewpoint and said she planned to introduce a motion to turn Taiwan into a “normal country.”

On Saturday, CEC member Hung Chih-kun proposed a document about the development of relations between Taiwan and China. While strengthening Taiwan’s domestic consensus, citizen’s exchanges between the two sides should be increased, Hung’s proposal said. At the same time, Taiwan and China could participate in international organizations on an equal level and develop respectful cross-straits economic and trade relations “under the framework of a pluralist One China,” the Chinese-language United Evening News quoted Hung’s motion as saying, without providing more details.

Hung reportedly said that the wording would force China to come clear with what it meant when it mentioned “One China.” The text in his motion reportedly caused consternation within the DPP, which overwhelmingly rejects the “One China” concept and wants Taiwan to remain as a separate sovereign and independent country.

Former DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang said the party should use the occasion of Sunday’s congress to phrase a clear stance on the issue.

Commentators speculated that because the congress itself was only scheduled to last one hour, it was hardly likely to discuss or approve any controversial changes to key party clauses. Most attention would be devoted to the committee elections which followed the discussion part of the congress, observers said.

In order to avoid delays to the election, any motions might be referred to later CEC meetings, reports said.

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