【終結一中架構,創造正常國家,務實面對兩岸關係】

2016年的台灣總統暨國會選舉,是東亞民主政治發展史上全新的一頁,總統選舉完成了第三次政黨輪替,國會中代表進步價值的本土力量也首度過半,證明了台灣的民主發展已經成熟。時代力量就是在這一波新民意的支持與託付之下,順利進入國會、成為第三大黨,未來目標是成為台灣第二大本土政黨,讓台灣本土進步價值成為政治主流。
時代力量認為,這一場大選結果,台灣人民已充分展現對過去八年以來中國國民黨的馬英九政府「傾中國政策」的不滿,台灣人民已經清楚表態,唯有獨立尊嚴、不再傾中媚共,才能使國家地位正常化。

〔請美方重新思考一個中國政策〕

台灣的民主自由,是華人世界唯一、也是東亞地區的模範,自由之家也肯定台灣高度自由的公民社會與政治環境。台灣經歷威權時期轉型至今珍貴的經驗,是世界各國共同追求普世人權與自由價值的重要夥伴。
「一個中國」政策,數十年來邊緣化了2300萬台灣人的權益,也限制了台灣在國際上各專業領域,例如醫藥衛生、精密技術產業及人道救援工作等,作出積極貢獻的可能性。台灣人民有意願也有能力,積極參與國際社會,成為可信賴的夥伴。

近來兩岸的緊張關係,最應該要負起責任的是中國共產黨主政下的中國政府。近來台灣與中國雙方交流受阻,無論在司法互助、人道救援等議題上,均降至冰點。不論在中國國民黨政府或者民主進步黨政府都並未具體的推進,在在都證明了過去台灣的傾中政策,以及美國的一個中國政策,對於改善兩岸關係並無實質具體效果,甚而讓台灣與中國陷入緊張關係之中。因此,特別要請美國政府及民間重新思考,一個中國政策是否真的是維持兩岸和平的良方?又能獲得南海、東亞甚至世界和平的最大利益?

〔支持台灣實質參與國際〕

台灣是一個成熟的民主國家、一個有活力的經濟體,也是東亞政治中的要角,若美國繼續堅守「一個中國」政策,實已不符合國家利益,更危及了東亞、南海的區域和平及人權維護,唯有深化與台灣的關係,並且支持台灣實質的參與國際組織,才是亞太地區平衡及穩定的方法。

台灣在國際上目前多以「中華台北」此不具正當性、代表性的名稱參與國際事務,造成國際間許多不必要的困擾,時代力量的立場是,「台灣」就是最好、也最符實的名稱。
近年來幾次大型民調,顯示台灣民眾的中國認同早已式微,台灣主體價值和台灣認同漸增,民意的力量也在公民運動中展現活躍的生命力,北京當局必須了解到威逼、脅迫的策略無助於兩岸關係,美國更應該支持台灣繼續守護民主自由的成果。

時代力量認為,只有務實地讓「一個中國」政策走入歷史、讓台灣獲得應有的國際參與空間,並且了解到台灣人民的聲音,才能夠走出一條新時代的道路,不再受困於過時的一中架構,罔顧及犧牲了美國在東亞重要的夥伴——台灣。

【Practical Cross Strait Relation: Normalize Taiwan status, End One China Policy.】

In 2016, Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections symbolized a new page in the democratic development of East Asia. Taiwan underwent a third party alternation in the presidential election. At the same time, pan- domestic camp standing for progressive values acquired a legislative majority, indicating the consolidation of Taiwanese democracy. The New Power Party (NPP), under this new wave of public support and trust, became the third largest party in the Legislative Yuan. The NPP strives to become the second largest domestic party in Taiwan, and is committed to bring the domestic and progressive values into political mainstream.

The NPP thinks that the election results showed clearly the public resentment towards the former President Ma’s pro-China policies over the past eight years. The Taiwanese have made it clear: Only when Taiwan preserves its independence, dignity, and no longer leans towards China, the island can decisively normalize its national status.

[We urge the US to Reconsider its One China Policy]

Taiwan is the only democratic and free country among Chinese communities, which also makes it a model for East Asia. Freedom House, in addition, affirmed Taiwan’s highly liberal civil society and political environment. Having undergone the transition from authoritarianism to democracy, Taiwan is an important companion for countries in pursuit of universal values of human rights and liberty.

The One China Policy has not only marginalized the rights of the 23 million Taiwanese, but also limited the opportunity of Taiwan in making contribution to different professions in the international community, for instance health and medicine, technology, humanitarian aid, etc.

The Chinese government, controlled by the Communist Party, should bear the responsibility for the recent tensions across the Taiwan Strait. Bilateral exchanges between Taiwan and China were obstructed lately in issues like legal assistance and humanitarian, communications have dropped to a freezing point. The Taiwanese government has failed to make concrete advancement in Cross-Strait relations, whether the Kuomintang or the Democratic Progressive Party took power. This shows that Taiwan’s pro-China policies in the past as well as US’s One China Policy did not produce promising results in improving Cross-Strait relations, but instead led to a tense relationship across the strait. Therefore, we urge the US government and society to reconsider whether One China Policy is a good means to maintain peace across the Taiwan Strait. Moreover, whether it can maximize the benefits for peace in the South China Sea, East Asia and the world.

[Support Taiwan’s Participation in the International Community]

Taiwan is a mature democracy, vibrant economy and a key player in East Asian politics. Adhering to One China Policy may not meet the national interests of the US. It also threatens human rights and regional peace in East Asia and the South China Sea. Only when the US deepens relationship with Taiwan and support Taiwan’s participation in international organizations, the equilibrium and stability of the Asia-Pacific region can be maintained.

Currently Taiwan is using the name “Chinese Taipei” to take part in international affairs. Lacking legitimacy and representation, that name has caused unnecessary confusion in the international community. The stance of the NPP is clear: “Taiwan” is the best name, and it is the most conforming to reality.

Several major polls in recent years suggested that Chinese identity among the Taiwanese public has declined steadily, while Taiwanese subjectivity and identity have become mainstream. The power of public opinion also demonstrated vitality in the social movements. The Beijing authority must understand that coercion and threat are not conducive to Cross-Strait relations. The US should also support Taiwan’s efforts in protecting the fruits of democracy and freedom.

The NPP believes that only when the US realizes that One China Policy is no longer practice, and support Taiwan to obtain the deserved international participation. The US can now embark on a road of a new era: No longer trapped by the outdated One China Framework, which ignores and sacrifices an important ally of the US in East Asia—Taiwan.

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