Taipei Times: Cross-strait policy must change: KMT group

A group of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) members known as “+1” yesterday called for a debate among party members on cross-strait policy.

To facilitate discussion on the subject, “+1” has launched a Facebook group with the same name and invited party members and others to propose new ideas for the party’s cross-strait policy.

“The KMT has never denied that mainland China is a threat to Taiwan, but it also shares close trade ties, as well as the same language and races as Taiwan,” the group said in a statement.

All KMT members must work together to find a way to interact with China to ensure the most benefits for Taiwan, it said.

The “1992 consensus,” which has served as the basis of the KMT’s cross-strait policy for years, is a historical event that took place 28 years ago, Yu told a news conference held by “+1” outside KMT headquarters in Taipei.

As both sides of the Taiwan Strait have had changes in leadership, people now think differently about cross-strait relations, she said.

“If mainland China insists that there is only one China, while we insist that China has two interpretations, is that considered a consensus?” she asked.

The KMT must begin new discussions about its cross-strait stance, she said, adding: “A stance that people do not support is useless, no matter how good we think it is.”

Tien said if the group comes up with a clear direction for the party, he would propose it to the KMT Central Standing Committee, as he is a committee member.

National Taiwan University political science professor Chang Ya-chung (張亞中), who has announced that he would run for KMT chairman, also attended the news conference.

He said that he strongly supports the idea of having a debate on the KMT’s cross-strait stance.

“While the Democratic Progressive Party’s pursuit of Taiwanese independence will take Taiwan to a dead-end, the KMT’s stance of ‘one China, with each side having its own interpretation of what one China means’ fails to promise any future,” he said.

“It is very difficult for Taiwanese to accept Beijing’s ‘one country, two systems,’” he said, adding that he believes peaceful cross-strait incorporation would be the most ideal approach.

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