Wed, Dec 08, 2004 - Page 3 News List

TSU says correcting name will preserve status quo

CNA , TAIPEI

The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) said yesterday the status quo between Taiwan and China is "one country on each side of the Taiwan Strait" and that the party's drive to rectify the name of the country aims at maintaining, not changing, the status quo.

The TSU was responding to US Department of State deputy spokesman Adam Ereli's remarks on Monday that the US is not supportive of any unilateral change to the status quo in the Taiwan Strait, and that Taiwan's proposal to change the names of its overseas missions and state-owned enterprises appears to be unilaterally changing Taiwan's status.

TSU Secretary-General Lin Chih-chia (林志嘉) urged the government to clearly explain the nation's stance to the US.

Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) has said that the Republic of China (ROC) was taken over by the People's Republic of China (PRC), and that Taiwan can't cling to the ROC without risking having Beijing use it as an excuse for an attack.

Lee Hsien-jen (李先仁), director of the TSU's department of policy studies, said that Taiwan, China and the US have varying interpretations of the status quo.

But the final interpretation on the status quo lies with Taiwan itself, Lee said.

"Taiwan's definition is that the status quo is `one country on each side of the [Taiwan] Strait,' and the drive to rectify the name of the country is under way to maintain the status quo and avoid being swallowed by China in war," Lee Hsien-jen said.

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