One issue which seems to be getting some airtime recently is whether the DPP should “drop its policy on independence”. For example, this story in the Taipei Times about the continued flirtation of the PFP by the DPP:
[quote]But Soong also hinted that a condition for talks and possible cross-party cooperation would be an adjustment to the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) independence platform.
“I hope that the PFP can break the ice between the ruling and opposition parties over cross-strait relations. However, for this to happen, I need a tool to break the ice. We hope that the DPP can adjust its platform on Taiwanese independence to give us that tool,” Soong said.[/quote]
So, 2 questions:
- What is the DPP’s policy on independence?
- What should be their policy?
My understanding of the current position (as stated by Chen Shui Bian) is that the ROC is a sovereign independent country, and that “Taiwan is the ROC, and the ROC is Taiwan”. There’s no plan to formally declare independence, to officially change the boundaries of the ROC, and no commitment to a new constitution (all of which are, I believe, supported by the TSU).
On the ‘One China’ policy, they do not accept it as a precondition to talks, but are willing for it to be an item of discussion.
All of the above is from comments by CSB (as opposed to any formal policy statement of the DPP), so maybe it’s his personal view and not that of his party. Have I missed anything/misrepresented anything?