JUDICIAL YUAN NOMINEE:The distinction between the ‘Taiwan Area’ and the ‘Mainland Area’ in the ROC Constitution is not legally binding, Hsu Tzong-li said
Date: Oct 14, 2016
By: Cheng Hung-ta, Jake Chung and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writers and CNA
Cross-strait relations are “special state-to-state relations” akin to the relations between West
and East Germany, former grand justice Hsu Tzong-li (許宗力) yesterday told lawmakers during a review of his nomination to be head of the Judicial Yuan.
Hsu’s comment was in response to Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Alicia Wang’s (王育敏) question on whether his opinions on cross-strait relations were similar to those of former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), citing Hsu’s 1996 article, “How Laws Influenced the Changes in Cross-Strait Relations and the Latest Developments” (兩岸關係法律定為百年來的演變與最新發展) in the The Taiwan Law Review (月旦法學雜誌).
Lee’s “special state-to-state” model of cross-strait relations, announced on July 8, 1999, was aimed at countering China’s description of Taiwan as a “renegade province.” [FULL STORY]