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DPP just responding to China's law: Yu

PARTY RESOLUTION Yu Shyi-kun said half of the DPP's legislators and 90 percent of its chapters' directors support his proposal to amend the party's `normal country' draft

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Specifying "Taiwan" as the name of the country in the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) final "normal country" resolution would counteract China's "Anti-Secession" Law, DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun said yesterday.

It would also help the party counteract Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) support for unification with China, Yu told a press conference.

"The US has made its attitude [toward cross-strait issues] clear [by] saying that the Republic of China is not a country and that Taiwan does not belong to China," Yu said.

"With the change of situation, we believe we should specify Taiwan as the national title [in the final resolution]," Yu said.

"This way we will be able to counter China's `Anti-Secession' Law and Ma's identification with China and his support of unification," Yu said.

Yu has been seeking endorsement of a proposal to amend the DPP's "normal country" draft approved by its Central Executive Committee on Aug 30.

The draft stipulated the need for the country to hold a referendum at an appropriate time to highlight the nation's independent statehood while only pointing out that the nation should correct its title and write a new constitution "as soon as possible."

Yu's proposal would seek to specify "Taiwan" as the official title to pursue in the resolution. He is expected to propose the amendment during the DPP's national congress scheduled for Sept 30.

Yu said yesterday that his proposal had been endorsed by half of the DPP's legislators and 90 percent of local chapters' directors. He said President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) also supported the proposal.

He said he has asked the DPP Secretary-General Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) to talk with Lee Ying-yuan (李應元), secretary-general of DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh's (謝長廷) campaign office in Kaohsiung, on the issue.

When asked for comment on Ma's statement on Saturday night that "Taiwan is the Republic of China [ROC]," Yu said Ma's core values are "all related to China."

"No matter what he said, he advocates unification with China and the idea of `one China, different interpretations.' He wants to connect Taiwan to China," Yu said.

Ma said at a separate event yesterday: "The ROC has existed in Taiwan for such a long time. The ROC and Taiwan are inseparable."

"Our official title is the ROC. Someone calls the nation `Taiwan.' We can accept it, too, but we are not running for president of the `Republic of Taiwan.' We are different from the other candidate [Hsieh] on this point," Ma said.

Additional reporting by CNA

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