Pro-unification party established by composer

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 13, 2017
By: Chen Yu-fu and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer

Pianist and composer Chang Mu-ting (張穆庭) yesterday announced the founding of the

Composer Chang Mu-ting poses for photographers after the launch of the People Rich Party in Taipei yesterday. Photo: CNA

People Rich Party (民生黨) with a pro-unification platform and himself as chairman.

The party is named after “people’s livelihood” (民生, minsheng) — one of Sun Yat-sen’s (孫逸仙) “three principles of the people” enshrined in the Republic of China’s (ROC) Constitution — to emphasize its concern with economic issues, Chang said.

The party aims to “effectively revive the Taiwanese economy, address the public’s economic concerns, insist on the 1992 consensus’ and implement the goal of national unification under the Additional Articles of the Constitution of the ROC,” Chang said, citing the party’s charter.

The party’s main agenda includes calling for a presidential pardon for Justin Lin (林毅夫) — who defected to China in 1979 when he was an army captain serving on Kinmen and later became a World Bank vice president, an immediate suspension of civil service pension reforms, ending cross-strait tensions and unification with China, Chang said.

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