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DPP threatens economic growth: Hung

‘RESISTANT FORCE’:Chinese Nationalist Party presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu said that the Democratic Progressive Party is unable to maintain cross-strait peace

By Alison Hsiao  /  Staff reporter

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu steps out of a car as she arrives at a Taipei Teachers’ Association meeting in Taipei yesterday.

Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) warned of the possibility of losing the Chinese market if the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) wins next year’s presidential election, while describing anti-curriculum protests as irrational and anti-openness, after she was invited by the Want Want China Times Media Group to speak at the “Cross-strait Peace and Wealth Creation Forum,”

Hung said in a speech that “Taiwan’s economic development could not live without China’s participation, which is a fact that cannot be changed regardless of which party takes over the presidential office.”

Addressing China’s Taiwan policy, Hung said: “Adversarial diplomacy cannot [help Taiwan] on the [international stage], but as long as [China] promotes the idea that the ‘two sides of the Taiwan Strait are one family,’ it should support Taiwan’s participation in non-political international organizations, rather than boycotting and compressing it.”

Asking the public to recall an increase in cross-strait tensions, and a deterioration of Taiwan-US relations during former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) governance, Hung said her memory of such events is still fresh.

“These experiences taught us that the DPP cannot maintain peaceful and stable cross-strait relations and that Taiwan might lose the option of benefiting from the Chinese market if the DPP wins the presidential election,” she said.

“We need to join the TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership], but we should not reject the chance of joining [China’s] ‘One Belt, One Road,’ the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and other projects that encourage cross-strait union in terms of economics and trade,” Hung said.

“However, stability and peace are necessary. This is the main reason why I am running for president,” she said. “There exists a resistant force in cross-strait relations and if we cannot construct a stable framework for peaceful development, relations might come to a halt or even encounter a setback.”

Hung said that cross-strait relations have entered a “deep-water zone” in which “the strategy of separating [talks] related to politics and economics is no longer sufficient for dealing with cross-strait development.”

“Political and economic progress of both easy and difficult [tasks] is a necessary route,” she said. “That is why I support seeking a cross-strait political consensus on the foundation of ‘overlapping sovereignty claims, separate constitutional governance and the signing of a cross-strait peace agreement under the principles of abiding by the [Republic of China] Constitution, equality, dignity and popular support.”

“It is unfortunate that an atmosphere of irrationality has been festering in Taiwanese society. From the curriculum protests to the obstruction of cross-strait agreements, theses actions are leading the nation down a road full of anti-peace, anti-liberation and wealth creation obstructions,” Hung said, adding that there is a need to “fight against this countercurrent.”

Tsai Eng-meng (蔡衍明), chairman and founder of the group that organized the forum, in his opening speech, also criticized what he said is a prevalent “anti-China” sentiment in Taiwan.

“Taiwanese should not possess an anti-China sentiment, as most of our ancestors came from [China],” said the businessman, who often speaks openly of his pro-Beijing sentiment.

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