Let this thread be for discussion of LTH’s new comments (in Next Magazine, as well as follow-up interviews in TVBS and other venues). I imagine there are English-language articles out there, and I’ll let others link them.
My basic summary:
LTH insists that he shouldn’t be called the “father of Taiwanese independence”; he says he’s never supported TI, because Taiwan is already an independent, sovereign state.
he says Taiwan should be inviting mainland Chinese investment, as well as opening up fully to Chinese tourists.
he says he’s been invited to visit the mainland and would like to do so, probably following the route set out by Confucius.
My conclusion: I think the guy’s full of $hit. He’s a politician through and through, and this would only be the nth time in his career that he’s reversed course. (Japanese imperial -> Chinese Communist -> Chinese KMT -> Taiwanese KMT -> TSU leader -> … moderate on cross-strait issues?)
I think he’s desperate for attention with a fading TSU, and this is his attempt to stake out a moderate position for campaign season. If he was to win any level of political support, he would just manipulate the position for whatever his “true” beliefs are.
I’ll cheer on his policies; I would love to see eased constraints on cross-strait interaction… but only a fool would place their faith in LTH’s good will and/or vision.