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DPP legislator calls for party forum on China policy

By Jake Chung  /  Staff writer, with CNA

Instead of causing internal divisions and criticizing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), party members should band together and help him navigate the political currents besetting the party, DPP Legislator and Central Executive Committee member Hung Chih-kun (洪智坤) said yesterday.

Conflict within the DPP has been rife in recent days following former premier Frank Hsieh’s (謝長廷) visit to China at the beginning of the month and his subsequent proposal of the “Constitution with different interpretations” (憲法各表) framework.

A proponent and supporter of the party holding internal debating forums on its cross-strait policies, Hung said that he was composing a 10,000-word suggestion he intends to hand over to Su personally.

In Su’s logic, the primary issues facing Taiwanese are economic and societal — cross-strait policies are not crucial, Hung said, adding that in his suggestion he wished to make it clear to Su that domestic and foreign policies are inextricably linked.

Taiwan’s domestic social policies are in part also dependent on the nation’s relations to China and other global relations, Hung said.

Taiwan should be seeking to define its strategic position from the vantage point of international order and only then would Taiwan be able to “have a way out,” Hung said, adding that he hoped Su can prioritize issues to focus on.

Hung also made a call for the party and the party’s supporters to help Su solve the issue instead of merely criticizing him.

Meanwhile, comments made on Wednesday by DPP Legislator Chao Tien-lin (趙天麟), a supporter of Hsieh, that it was “ridiculous” to think that DPP members could have an internal platform in which to debate cross-strait policies were widely portrayed by media as the “opening shot” in what some say is a widening split between the Su and Hsieh factions in the party.

Chao said during a symposium on Wednesday that it was evident that party members had much to say on the issue of cross-strait policies, be it on air, TV, or Facebook, but it was “ridiculous” that these comments all devolved into personal slandering and could not be discussed internally.

In an interview yesterday, Chao said that the media’s interpretation that “he was taking a shot at Su” was wrong and he did not intend to embarrass the DPP chairman, adding that he would respect any decision made by the party leadership on whether a debate or discussion on the issue would be held.

However, Chao added that it would be a good thing for party members to trade ideas within a formal party platform, adding that it could take the form of “discussion, debate, it doesn’t matter; on a party platform we’re all starting from the same point and we would be getting somewhere, getting a clearer idea on the issue. Otherwise all this arguing over the air, all the chatter, will only deepen misunderstanding and would not be able to help the party come to a consensus.”

Chao pointed to the Resolution on Taiwan’s Future (台灣前途決議文), passed in 1999 as proof that debate within the party could yield positive results, adding that as there are no major elections this year and next year, it would be an ideal time for party members to sit down and hash out the DPP’s cross-strait policy.

Since it was passed, the resolution has been the highest statute under which the DPP handles cross-strait issues.

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