Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party passed a resolution Sunday asserting the island’s separate identity from rival China and calling for a referendum on Taiwan’s sovereignty.
The resolution for a “normal country” ” passed after heated debate at a boisterous party congress ” calls for general use of “Taiwan” as the island’s name, without specifically abolishing its current formal name, the Republic of China. It also calls for the enactment of a new constitution, but gives no specific deadline for either that or the referendum.
The resolution, which passed 250-73, could rile China, which has repeatedly threatened war if Taiwan formalizes its de facto independence. [Full Text]