With the legislative majority it retained in last Saturday's legislative elections, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) will work for the economic welfare of the nation, improve cross-strait relations and balance the government , the KMT promised its supporters yesterday.
Speaking at a rally near the National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall yesterday afternoon, KMT Chairman Lien Chan (
Lien said the results of Saturday's elections reveal that the people believe in the KMT and its stance on the retention of the national title the Republic of China, and hope for peace across the Taiwan Strait.
"Cross-strait relations are grim because the ruling administration cannot deal with its problems," Lien said yesterday.
The KMT does not support the extremes of either Taiwanese independence or reunification between China and Taiwan, Lien said, but rather stands for the status quo. Both China and Taiwan should set aside political conflicts and actively begin the process of negotiations to ensure a win-win situation in the Strait.
Lien has previously said that the KMT supports negotiations within the boundaries of the status quo.
Lien also urged President Chen Shui-bian (
Lien was upbeat on the planned merger of the pan-blue camp, stressing that the merger will go through as the camp has been promising since its defeat in the March presidential elections.
New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming (
"It is the hope of many supporters that the pan-blues unite. The pan-blue camp must unite and consolidate, we must cooperate and merge," Yok said.
Noticeably absent from the rally, however, was the third member of the pan-blue camp, the People First Party (PFP). While the KMT's plans for the rally had not included the PFP, the KMT extended an invitation to the party Friday, in a last-minute attempt at unity.
Since the party's poor showing in the legislative elections, its chairman James Soong (
Despite the KMT's invitation, the PFP yesterday declined to attend the rally, stating that many of its party members already had other plans given the lateness of the invitation.