Likely Kuomintang (KMT) 2016 presidential candidate and Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu yesterday reversed her previous stance by asking "If the ROC doesn't exist, what does?" at the ceremony to remember the 70th anniversary of the nation's victory over Japan in the Second Sino-Japanese War at Freedom Square at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
Earlier last week, Hung explained her stance on the cross-strait relationship of "one China, same interpretation" during an interview, saying that "I cannot say that the R.O.C. exists, nor the PRC, because that would be supporting a two-state theory." She was strongly condemned by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as well as some members of her own party.
Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je yesterday said that he had a "panic attack" when he heard Hung's comments last Thursday, and that he was still "too shocked to comment on it."
Yesterday at the plaza of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Hung delivered a speech at the grand ceremony in commemoration of the nation's victory over Japan. President Ma Ying-jeou , former KMT Chairman Lien Chan , KMT Chairman Eric Chu , and KMT Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin were also present at the scene.
During an interview after the ceremony, Hung seemingly contradicted herself in a statement by asking "If the R.O.C. doesn't exist, then what really does exists and what do we call our current presence?"
The Campaign Stands with '1992 Consensus': Hung
When KMT Chairman and New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu took to the podium at the ceremony, he reiterated that the KMT has and will continue to handle cross-strait issues based on the "1992 Consensus," an informal agreement arrived at by both sides of the strait in 1992, whereby both agree that there is one China, but both interpret the meaning separately.
During an interview after the ceremony, reporters asked Hung whether Chu's speech suggested the party's denial of her "one China, same interpretation" stance. "There is nothing too different," she said, adding that both her campaign and the party supported the "1992 Consensus," and that "only a few minor details should be discussed."
Being asked the same question, Chu responded later yesterday emphasizing that the "1992 Consensus" is the KMT's fundamental principle when dealing with mainland China, and that Hung's comments in the past couple of days correspond with it. "This is exactly the KMT's stance," he said.
Regarding KMT members possibly dropping out of the party due to Hung's "one China, same interpretation" stance, Chu said that the party will make the most effort to keep it together. However, he continued, some individuals may leave because of nomination issues or having opinions that differ from the party's core value, "which is most understandable," before adding, "the party will also be having new members joining the team, some of whom are previous DPP members. This is all a part of democracy."