Measure to change DPP’s independence clause sent to party committee

July 17, 2016/ By Tai Ya-chen, Lu Hsin-hui, Chen Chun-hua and Evelyn Kao / FocusTaiwan

Taipei, July 17 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) decided on Sunday as head of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to forward a proposal to revise the party’s charter based on her policy of “maintaining the status quo” with China to a party committee for deliberation.
DPP representative Hsiao Chieh (蕭杰) and three other representatives submitted the proposal earlier Sunday during the party’s National Congress and asked that it be sent to the 30-member Central Executive Committee for discussion.

The proposal suggested that Tsai’s stance of “maintaining the status quo” across the Taiwan Strait be entered into the party’s charter to replace the charter’s clauses supporting Taiwan independence.

The DPP won both Taiwan’s presidency and control of the country’s Legislature for the first time in history in the 2016 general election, in part because of Tsai’s commitment to uphold the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, Hsiao said.

To respond to mainstream public opinion and seek international support, the DPP should bring forth a new party charter that could adapt to changing times by phasing out outdated clauses, he said.

Therefore, maintaining the “status quo” should replace the DPP’s “Taiwan Independence Clause” passed in 1991, which called for the declaration of a Republic of Taiwan and a new Taiwanese constitution, as well as the 1999 Resolution on Taiwan’s Future and the 2007 Normal Country Resolution, according to Hsiao.

Tsai’s move to send the proposal to the party’s Central Executive Committee for deliberation was seen a way for her to maintain maximum flexibility in pursuing cross-strait policy.

The party will still maintain the independence clauses considered to be the DPP’s core values while Tsai adopts in practice, at least for the time being, a policy of keeping the status quo with China.

No commitment was made on when the proposal might be discussed or acted upon. Read more…

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