【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.