By: Sophia Yeh and S.C. Chang
Taipei, April 16 (CNA) Former presidential advisor and Taiwan independence advocate Peng Ming-min (彭明敏) said on Sunday that many of his proposals for the building of a democratic Taiwan have been realized, though two major tasks remain unfinished 53 years after the publication of his renowned “manifesto.”
The two tasks are adopting a new constitution for Taiwan and joining the United Nations under the name “Taiwan” instead of “Republic of China,” he told an audience attending a book launch to mark the republication of his two books.
Since he and several colleagues launched a democracy campaign in 1964 and released the “Manifesto of Taiwanese People’s Self-Rescue Movement,” Taiwan has adopted the direct popular election of the president, normalized the Legislature or parliament and now upholds freedom of speech, press and association, Peng said. [FULL STORY]