Sat, Mar 24, 2012 - Page 1 News List

No change to cross-strait policy: Fan Chiang

By Mo Yan-chih and Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporters

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Wu Ping-jui (吳秉叡) said the “one country, two areas” proposal proves that it is a lie that China accepts Taiwan having its own interpretation of “one China,” as Ma has previously claimed.

If China allows Taiwan room to interpret “one China” in its own way, “why didn’t KMT officials mention that in China?” he asked.

TSU Legislator Hsu Chun-hsin (許忠信) said the KMT should expel Wu Poh-hsiung from the party for downgrading the country’s status because his “one country, two areas” proposal means that Taiwan is “one area” in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

KMT Legislator Chen Chen-hsiang (陳鎮湘) denied the DPP’s and TSU’s allegations, saying that they had wrongly interpreted the meaning of “one country,” which he said was the ROC, rather than the PRC.

Later yesterday, during a question-and-answer session in the legislature, the premier agreed with DPP Legislator Lee Chun-yi (李俊俋) that the ROC is an independent, sovereign country, and so is the PRC.

Sean Chen disagreed that the situation amounts to two Chinas, “because there is no country in the world whose official name is ‘China,’” he said.

Lee asked the premier to make a formal declaration on the floor of the legislature that the ROC is an independent, sovereign country and not an area of the PRC.

Sean Chen refused.

“It depends on how you define ‘China.’ For example, the US says that ‘China’ is a civilization. There is no country in the world formally called ‘China,’” Sean Chen said.

In response to a question from DPP Legislator Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) on whether Shanghai, Jiangsu Province and Taiwan belonged to the same country, Sean Chen said: “In our opinion, Shanghai is still a city that belongs to the ROC. It is just that it is not under the effective control of the ROC government.”

Chen Chi-mai said the reply was “the biggest joke in the world,” to which Sean Chen replied: “I know that it’s not easy to understand for foreigners, but that is what was stipulated in the Constitution.”

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