20130528 DPP rejects Chinese officials’ independence comments
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DPP rejects Chinese officials’ independence comments

‘GRAVE MISTAKE’: Former foreign minister Mark Chen said remarks by Chinese officials about Taiwan’s independence show ignorance of the country as well as international law

By Chris Wang / Staff reporter

A Beijing official made a grave mistake when he said everything is negotiable between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) if the DPP gives up on independence, pro-independence DPP politicians said yesterday.

“He had it backwards. Everything is negotiable between the two parties if China gives up the idea of unifying Taiwan,” Legislator Mark Chen (陳唐山) told a press conference.

Chen was referring to a comment made by National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference chairman Yu Zhengsheng (俞正聲) in a recent interview with a Taiwanese media outlet.

A former foreign minister, Chen said that the key element of cross-strait engagement is reciprocity, adding that if Beijing were serious about further engaging with Taiwan, it would need to understand what is on the mind of Taiwanese and respect Taiwan’s current de facto independence.

Citing a comment made by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (李克強) during his visit to Germany that the sovereignty of Taiwan had been returned to China under the Potsdam Declaration in 1945 and the Cairo Declaration in 1943, former DPP legislator Chai Trong-rong (蔡同榮) said Li’s remark showed a “lack of basic knowledge of international law.”

The status of Taiwan was neither determined in Potsdam and Cairo nor in San Francisco, where the Treaty of San Francisco was signed between Japan and part of the Allied powers in 1951, because the Chinese Civil War meant that the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) could not represent China at the time, Chai said.

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