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KMT statement not fooling anyone

By LinChia-Cheng 林嘉誠

The Chinese Nationalist Party's (KMT) Central Standing Committee (CSC) recently passed the party's mission statement for next year. This included a part about the party's policy on cross-strait relations. Notably, the statement is missing any mention of the so-called "1992 consensus" and the National Unification Guidelines.

KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) staff have said that winning the presidential election is the most important issue. As soon as it gets back to power, the KMT will lead the Republic of China (ROC) back to the middle road and a more pragmatic position.

Ma has told reporters that the KMT had not abandoned its position on unification and the "1992 consensus," but that in it's mission statement for next year, it doesn't want to emphasize its position in favor of the unification guidelines and the "1992 consensus."

And so Ma and the KMT leadership accidentally showed what is really behind the omissions in the mission statement: the KMT has far from abandoned its old positions, it is just not talking about them at this point in time because of the presidential elections next year.

When President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) abolished the National Unification Council and the unification guidelines early last year, Ma and the KMT strongly criticized this move.

So why is it that, less than two years later, the KMT has made a complete about-face on the issue?

Now it is making a show of taking the party's position on the unification guidelines and the "1992 consensus" out of its mission statement for the presidential election.

The reason for this is that the KMT understands mainstream Taiwanese thinking; the idea that Taiwan should never give up its sovereignty is growing stronger every day.

The KMT is copying the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) position.

Once the DPP had begun collecting the 2 million signatures needed to file for a referendum on applying for UN membership under the name "Taiwan," the KMT suddenly started its own referendum proposal on "returning" to the UN under the name Republic of China (ROC) or any other practical name.

They are trying to confuse the public, to obstruct the DPP's referendum by rallying KMT mayors and county commissioners to boycott the simultaneous voting process the DPP has proposed.

If the KMT has abandoned its hopes of eventual unification by deleting all references to the "unification of the Chinese people" from its mission statement, then Ma should announce that he is against unification with China.

The so-called "1992 consensus" doesn't even exist and it's ridiculous that the KMT has even used it as a standard to follow.

When the DPP took power in 2000, the KMT suddenly cooked up the "1992 consensus," in which it claimed that Beijing and the ROC government had agreed that Taiwan and China are actually one and that each side of the Taiwan Strait should be allowed to interpret "one China" as it wishes.

After KMT Legislator Su Chi (蘇起) admitted he invented the "1992 Consensus," his party abandoned it in an attempt to find a graceful way out of an embarrassing situation.

How can you abandon or manipulate something that doesn't exist? Surely this is indicative of what the KMT thinks of the intellectual capacity of the average Taiwanese. Take a look at the election strategy of Ma and the KMT: They appear confident that deep-blue voters will back them no matter what.

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