INAUGURAL SPEECH:Independence advocates said the president-elect should focus on Taiwan’s global role instead of limiting the nation by tying it up with China
Date: May 10, 2016
By: Chung Li-hua / Staff reporter
Pro-independence groups yesterday urged president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) not to make any
concessions to China and to assert Taiwanese identity by focusing her inauguration speech on public opinion rather than “China policy” as her predecessor did.
Taiwan National Security Institute president Lo Fu-chen (羅福全) said Tsai does not need to mention the so-called “1992 consensus,” but should instead declare her resolve to lead the nation in developing a global perspective.
The “1992 consensus” refers to a tacit understanding between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Chinese government that both sides of the Taiwan Strait acknowledge there is “one China,” with each side having its own interpretation of what “China” means.
“Tsai’s inauguration speech is not just for Taiwan and China, but the whole world. She does not need to bring up the ‘1992 consensus,’ which is a fabrication and does not exist. What she has to make clear is the opinions of Taiwanese,” Lo said. “According to several polls, more than 70 percent of Taiwanese believe that Taiwan is not part of China, and Taiwan is their nation.”
Lo said he hoped Tsai’s speech would not be limited to economic policies, because a more important thing is to make Taiwan a member of the international community. [FULL STORY]