Taipei Times: KMT to mull cross-strait policy

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) would decide whether to improve or abandon the so-called “1992 consensus” after considering the opinions of party members and the public, Acting KMT Secretary-General William Tseng (曾銘宗) said yesterday.

While many young party members have called for a revision of the KMT’s cross-strait policy, which is based on the so-called “1992 consensus,” whether the party should improve upon the concept or abandon it altogether is not up to the KMT chairperson and a handful of members, Tseng said at KMT headquarters in Taipei.

Before making a decision on the issue, the party must consider the opinions of all its members and those of the 23 million Taiwanese, he said.

“The KMT hopes to reflect the voice of the public,” Tseng said.

A new party chairperson and Central Standing Committee are to be elected on March 7.

During the transition period, the KMT would be simultaneously preparing for the elections and promoting reforms, Tseng said.

“The KMT has no time to waste and will very soon propose strategies and methods for reforming the party,” he said. “We will not let our party members, Republic of China citizens and everyone else down.”

The KMT Central Standing Committee on Wednesday is expected to approve a new list of members, he said, adding that some members who had resigned would be urged to remain in their positions.

The KMT is to accept registrations to run for chairperson on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4.

Under the party’s regulations, to qualify as a candidate a party member must collect signatures from at least 3 percent of KMT members before Feb. 4

Those who have openly announced they plan to run include National Taiwan University political science professor Chang Ya-chung (張亞中) and Blue Sky Action Alliance convener Wu Chih-chang (武之璋).

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