KMT presidential candidate won't broach 'one China, same interpretation' at congress: spokesman

KMT presidential candidate won't broach 'one China, same interpretation' at congress: spokesman
Hung Hsiu-chu, deputy Parliament speaker from the ruling Kuomintang (KMT).
PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI - Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu will not mention her controversial "one China, same interpretation" policy today at the Kuomintang's (KMT) national party congress, according to her spokesman.

The KMT's 19th national party congress is expected to approve Hung's nomination as the party's 2016 presidential candidate today.

Hung expected to be nominated

The highlight of the conference will be a five-minute speech by Hung after the nomination.

During an interview yesterday, Hung's spokesman Jack Yu said that Hung was personally polishing the speech, which will include recommendations from think tanks and from advisors from her office.

According to Yu, Hung's speech will loosely revolve around KMT unity and propose a cross-strait policy based on the "1992 Consensus."

Her "one China, same interpretation" proposal, which had previously appeared to widen party divisions, will not be mentioned, Yu said.

The "1992 Consensus" - or "one China with different interpretations" - refers to an understanding that both sides of the Taiwan Strait acknowledge that there is one China while agreeing that each side is free to interpret China as it wishes.

Since taking office in 2008, President Ma Ying-jeou has adopted the "1992 Consensus" to advance cross-strait relations. Hung's "one China, same interpretation," a step away from the party line, resulted in internal discontent.

Hung and the KMT Central Standing Committee have a tacit understanding over her speech, Yu said, adding that its content will emphasise party unity in order to regain lost supporters, recuperate their trust and bring back hope.

Consistency Required: Tsai

Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen said yesterday that cross-strait issues should not be dealt with hastily.

Cross-strait policies need to have a certain consistency and predictability, and should be in accordance with the public will, Tsai said.

Responding to media inquiries regarding her running mate, Tsai said that the person will appear in due time at the point of candidacy registration.

KMT Heavyweights Tout Unity

Also yesterday, Ma, New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng confirmed that they will attend the national party congress to support Hung.

After the nomination at the national party congress, Hung will embark on a grassroots campaign, stopping in Greater Taichung on Wednesday and continuing on to Changhua, Yunlin, Chiayi and Greater Tainan, her spokesman said.

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