Want China Times
By: Zhang Jian
Tsai Ing-wen, the leader of Taiwan’s main opposition Democratic Progressive Party,
stands a good chance of winning the presidency in early 2016. However, the DPP’s return to power could have a negative impact on Taiwan’s relations with China and the United States.
First, it would affect the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. Over the past eight years of the Kuomintang administration, the two sides’ adherence to the 1992 Consensus as a political foundation for cross-strait exchanges has helped maintain peaceful development of cross-strait ties.
The DPP meanwhile has not revised the Taiwan independence clause in its party charter and does not recognize the 1992 Consensus. After floating the concept of a “Taiwan consensus” in 2012, Tsai has recently proposed “maintaining the status quo” in cross-strait relations as the party’s basis for its dealings with China. But if the DPP is still unwilling to officially relinquish the Taiwan independence platform, this will significantly affect cross-strait relations if Tsai becomes president. [FULL STORY]