Opportunity exists to break cross-strait deadlock: ex-DPP chairman

2017/04/08 15:14:31
Opportunity exists to break cross-strait deadlock: ex-DPP chairman

Taipei, April 8 (CNA) There is an opportunity to break the deadlock between Taiwan and China, as long as the leaders on both sides have the desire to do so, former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Hsu Hsin-liang (許信良) said Saturday.

Hsu noted that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has recently said that her government would unveil a new policy on cross-Taiwan Strait relations in the second half of this year, which he said demonstrates that Tsai is hoping to break the cross-strait impasse.

Over the past few months, the Chinese government has also openly expressed its hope of moving forward, according to Hsu, who is currently chairman of the Foundation on Asia-Pacific Peace Studies.

Hsu said he does not think the gap between the DPP's position on cross-strait ties and what China expects cannot bridged, arguing that the Tsai government's promise to adhere to the Republic of China Constitution and the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area is not very far away from Beijing's bottom line.

The only difference lies in political language: While the opposition Kuomintang can mention the "1992 consensus" and the "one China principle," the DPP does not wish to, he said. "And that's all there is to it."

He said that defining relations between Taiwan and China is a legal issue and he urged Beijing not to pay too much attention to what he described as "political language."

Relations between Taiwan and China have been at a virtual standstill since Tsai and her pro-independence DPP came to power in May 2016.

Beijing has frozen official talks between the two sides because Tsai's government refuses to endorse the "1992 consensus," which essentially implies that China and Taiwan are part of "one China," with each side free to interpret what that actually means.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Y.F. Low)
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