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DPP chairwoman defends party's Taiwan independence platform
Central News Agency
2014-07-19 05:49 PM
Taipei, July 19 (CNA) Sticking to the values of Taiwan's sovereignty and independence has become inherent in the younger generation, opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen said Saturday, questioning why the party's Taiwan independence clause should be frozen or abolished. In a statement, Tsai said that debate has become heated among DPP members over whether the party should freeze its Taiwan independence platform for what she called a "misconception" by some members that if the DPP fails to reject its Taiwan independence stance, it will not be able to deal well with cross-Taiwan Strait relations. Tsai made the comments as a petition submitted by former DPP lawmakers Chen Zau-nan and Kuo Jeng-liang calling for freezing the first article of the party charter, usually known as the Taiwan independence clause, is expected to be the focus of the party's national congress scheduled for the following day. "Who is entitled to define 'Taiwan independence?' Don't we belong to a sovereign and independent country? Isn't strengthening sovereignty and seeking meaningful participation in the international community the expectation of the majority of Taiwan's people?" Tsai asked. She further indicated that the Taiwan independence platform was a goal unveiled during the initial period of the party's establishment and an idea pursued by the current generation of DPP members and the Taiwanese people. The resolution regarding Taiwan's future passed by the DPP in 1999 has become the party's consensus over issues related to Taiwan's sovereignty and Taiwan's future. The DPP chairwoman reaffirmed that the party will uphold its stance that any exchanges with China should not harm Taiwan's democracy nor endanger its national sovereignty and the people's right to self-determination. (By Sophia Yeh and Evelyn Kao)
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