Sat, Jan 27, 2007 - Page 3 News List

New TSU chairman promises reforms, care for middle class

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

New Taiwan Solidarity Union Chairman Huang Kun-hui, second left, yesterday holds hands with former president Lee Teng-hui, center, and party officials during his inauguration ceremony at the Ambassador Hotel in Taipei.

PHOTO: CNA

Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝), secretary-general of the think tank Taiwan Advocates, was sworn in as chairman of Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) yesterday, vowing to promote party reforms and "Taiwan-ese consciousness."

In his inauguration speech, Huang said he was mulling changing the party's name and modifying the party's platform to reflect its move from the left toward the center.

He pledged to prioritize the welfare of the nation's middle class and minorities.

Comparing the Democratic Progressive Party and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to the two elder brothers in a family, Huang said that the TSU, like the third child in the family, would work to serve as a "middle force" that resolves the conflict between the "two big parties with their extreme stances."

"TSU offers a better, third choice for the people," Huang added. "We will let voters understand that the conflict between the pan-green and the pan-blue camps has to stop to ensure Taiwan's survival and development."

Huang denied, however, that this meant the party was going to tone down its promotion of Taiwanese independence.

"It is a firm Taiwan-centered approach, rather than a less radical Taiwan-independence approach," he said, adding that Taiwan does not need to declare independence because it is an independent sovereignty.

"The TSU will lead the people by promoting the values of Taiwan-ese consciousness, democracy, freedom, social justice and integrity, awaken the people with our passion and keep our promises to the people by action," he said.

These are the reasons why the party exists, he added.

Huang said that the TSU was always open to cooperation and negotiation and would lend its full support to any party in the legislature as long as the proposed bills were beneficial to Taiwanese.

"If the proposal or bill were negative to Taiwan's develop-ment, we will not support it even if it were proposed by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁)," Huang said.

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