By: Lu Hsin-hui and S.C. Chang
Taipei, April 14 (CNA) Hung Chi-chang of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) called on his fellow party members Tuesday to be pragmatic and responsible in drafting the party’s China policy as it prepares for the 2016 presidential election.
Hung, who served as Taiwan’s top negotiator with China during the DPP’s final years in power 2007-2008, has been calling on the DPP to drop its plan to pursue Taiwan’s de jure independence, as this might be a stumbling block to the party’s road toward regaining power.
But his advice was jeered by pro-independence groups such as the Taiwan North Society and the Taiwan South Society, which called him “a passe DPP politician” like Hsu Hsin-liang, a former DPP chairman who claimed that the opposition party did not rule out the possibility of unifying Taiwan with China during its early years. [FULL STORY]