`Instead of threatening to abolish Taiwan’s unification guidelines, the Chen government or its successor should drop the requirement that China must be democratic before unification can happen.’
In spite of recent local election setbacks, President Chen Shui-bian (Èô≥Ê∞¥ÊâÅ) called on Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Yu Shyi-kun to stick to the core value of Taiwan consciousness. In his New Year address and at the swearing-in ceremony for the new DPP chairman, Chen proclaimed that in order to defend national security and Taiwan’s competitive advantage, the country has to continue to treat China as an enemy to safeguard Taiwan identity.
Chen is right when he emphasized the DPP’s democratic struggle against the authoritarian Chinese National Party (KMT) regime.
Insisting that only the 23 million people of Taiwan have the right to decide the future of the nation, he singled out the greatest challenge facing the country today as the division over national identity and ethnic mistrust. He is on target on all the accounts,except his appraisal of what constitues Taiwan identity.