Hung Hsiu-chu claims cross-strait policy misunderstood

Hung Hsiu-chu claims cross-strait policy misunderstood
Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chua dded that Greece's government workers on average make three times more than private sector employees, and that its share of civil servant employees at 6.13 per cent was much higher than Taiwan's share of civil servant to overall employment ratio of 1.5 per cent.

TAIPEI - Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu said yesterday she would return to the ruling Kuomintang's official cross-strait platform, but suggested that her own theory defining Taiwan-China ties had been misunderstood.

"I tell you, you'll never be able to understand my words," Hung, the likely KMT presidential candidate, said when asked by the press if she would continue to embrace her "one China, joint interpretation" theory, the Central News Agency reported.

"It doesn't mean I'm looking down on you," Hung said, qualifying her remark. But she stressed that she has now returned to the KMT's official framework for defining cross-strait ties, namely the "one China, different interpretations" concept as embraced in the so-called "1992 Consensus" reached between Taipei and Beijing.

She refused to comment on reports about her being forced by her KMT peers to give up the "joint interpretation" theory.

"Let's not talk about them," Hung said when asked about the reports. But she maintained that she is now working to "deepen" the "1992 consensus" and create a stable and peaceful environment for Taiwan.

Her theory - seen as a sign of her support for Taiwan's quick unification with China against the mainstream wish of maintaining the country's status quo - has alienated Hung from many of her KMT peers and jeopardized the chances of her receiving the final nod for the presidential candidacy at the KMT congress that opens on July 19.

Some KMT legislators have quit or threatened to quit the party claiming Hung's stance is undermining their re-election campaigns.

Commenting on President Ma Ying-jeou's upcoming "unofficial" visit to the United States, Hung said he has been relying on the "1992 Consensus" to create friendly ties across the strait.

Ma has also been working hard to maintain ties with Washington, Hung said, adding that without stability across the Taiwan Strait, there will be problems with Taipei-Washington relations.

Ma yesterday left for an eight-day trip to Taipei's diplomatic allies in Central America.

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