DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY CELEBRATES ITS 21ST ANNIVERSARY.……...1-3 CHAIRMAN YOU SEEKS SUPPORT FOR TAIWAN’S UN APPLICATION.......................................

3-4  ONE LETTER, ONE PERSON : CAMPAIGN FOR A  DEMOCRATIC BURMA….………………….…. 4 DPP CONDEMNS CRACKDOWN IN BURMA……..5 UN FOR TAIWAN RALLY A BIG SUCCESS...........6 TAIWAN LEFT OUT OF OLYMPRIC TORCH RALLY…………………………………………7 CHAIRMAN YOU RESIGNS PARTY POSITION……8  NORMAL NATION RESOLUTION……………9-11 

SEPTEMBER 2007

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A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY THE DPP’S DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

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Democratic Progressive Party Celebrates its 21st Anniversary
The Democratic Progressive Party celebrated its 21st Anniversary on September 28th. The noontime reception was attended by more than 60 ambassadors and representatives to Taiwan, as well as hundreds of DPP party officials and representatives. President Chen Shui-bian officially opened the event by reminiscing about the early days of the DPP. Several pioneers, including Chairman You Si-kun, who at that time served as Chairperson of the Assembly, willingly risked their lives by forming the first major opposition party in Taiwan. President Chen recounted the DPP’s essential role in promoting democratic reforms towards the end of the KMT-imposed period of martial law in Taiwan. The country’s next tasks, he added, are to push forward with “KMT illegally possessed party assets” as well as “Joining the United Nations, under the name Taiwan.” The President emphasized that the DPP has never deviated from its policy of "deepening Taiwan's democratic consolidation," pursuing "social justice," and "strengthening Taiwan's national identity," all of which represent the party’s basic line and core values. As long as the DPP adheres to the concept of following the right path and doing the right thing, it will win the trust of the people and lead Taiwan toward becoming a normal, complete, and great democratic country. Premier Chang Chun-hsiung congratulated Taiwan on creating not only an economic miracle, but a democratic miracle. He emphasized that a firm belief in Taiwanese sovereignty and a strong desire to join the United Nations is now the mainstream public opinion in Taiwan. Presidential Office Secretary-General Yeh Chu-lan also applauded the DDP’s ability to transform Taiwan into a democratic nation, and stressed that the party must stabilize Taiwan’s sovereign status in the international community.

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Foreign

dignitaries

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audience were Charge d’Affaires Lydia Ngirablosch of Palau and H.E. Mawdo C. Juwara, the Gambian Ambassador to Taiwan. Ambassador Juwara called attention to his nation’s continued cooperation with Taiwan based on their shared “common values of respect for human rights, freedom, democracy, and the rule of law,” and highlighted the achievements of the recently concluded Taiwan-Africa Heads of State Summit in Taipei.

Charge d’Affaires Ngirablosch extended her government’s best wishes to the DPP on this 21st anniversary, and confirmed its commitment to “continue to voice out and speak for Taiwan in the international arena.”
Both speakers likewise expressed their firm support for the “UN for Taiwan” campaign. Ngirablosch Charge proclaimed d’Affaires that “the

world would benefit from Taiwan’s membership in the UN and other institutions… any great nation should respect every country’s right to UN membership based on the principles of democracy and self-determination.” Several of the speakers including President Chen, Premier Chang, as well as Secretary General to the President Yeh all used the opportunity to condemn the atrocities taking place in Burma, and expressed Taiwan’s concern and support for the people of Burma.

H.E. Mawdo C. Juwara, the Gambian Ambassador to Taiwan, openly calls for UN membership for Taiwan.

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Department of International Affairs
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Celebrating the 21st birthday for the DPP, from Left to Right: DPP Secretary-General Lin Chia-Lung, Secretary-General to the Presidential Office Yeh Chu-lan, National Human Rights Commission member Huang Er-hsuan, Premier Chan Chun-hsiung, President Chen Shui-bian, Vice President Annette Lu, former Legislator Chou Ching-yu, President of the Examination Yuan Chia-Wen, and DPP Central Executive Committee Member Huang Ching-lin.

Chairman You Seeks Support for Taiwan’s UN Application Referendum
Chairman You Si-kun recently contacted political party heads and leaders from all over the world, including ambassadors to Taiwan, seeking their support for Taiwan’s application to the United Nations. In his letter, Chairman You explained the importance of Taiwan’s UN membership, calling it a moral imperative as well as a practical and basic right of Taiwan’s 23 million citizens.

Chairman You emphasized that the Taiwanese people have already expressed their collective will to join the United Nations. As leader of the ruling party, he consequently believes it is his duty to achieve this goal. At the same time, Chairman You requests that the KMT act responsibly and listen to the Taiwanese people, who have made it clear that they seek to apply for UN membership under the name of Taiwan. Furthermore, they will tolerate neither Chinese interference nor KMT collusion with China.

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In his letter dated September 12th, Chairman You stated that as Taiwan’s democratically-elected ruling party, it is the DPP’s responsibility to help Taiwan break free from its current international isolation. Joining the UN would demonstrate Taiwan’s desire to become a responsible and productive member of the international community.

Friends and supporters from all over the world have already affirmed their support for Taiwan’s UN bid in response to Chairman You’s international appeal, including the Ambassadors of The Gambia, Belize, Malawi, Palau, Honduras, and Marshall Islands as well as freedom loving political parties all over the world.

Prolonged international isolation would have serious consequences for Taiwan, especially during times of crisis or natural disaster. For example, when the destructive September 21, 1999 earthquake and the 2003 SARS Crisis hit Taiwan, our country suffered from international neglect. When the people of Taiwan desperately needed the care and attention of the international community, China interfered by manipulating the political situation, thus preventing immediate assistance from the international community and disregarding the lives of the Taiwanese people. Chairman You also pointed out that supporting Taiwan’s UN membership is a moral imperative. Taiwan’s UN membership application was twice rejected by UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon on the basis of the events of 1971 and Resolution 2758. However, given that the text of this resolution addresses solely the issue of representation of China, and does not address Taiwan’s representation, we must apply to the UN under the name ‘Taiwan.’ It is unjust that the UN has not seen fit to grant UN membership to a politically free and economically robust nation such as Taiwan. Therefore, it is our responsibility to continue to support Taiwan’s UN bid and lobby our friends and allies to bring up Taiwan’s cause in the 62nd General Assembly.

One Letter, One Person: Campaign for a Democratic Burma
The Democratic Progressive Party Department of Youth Development Director Chou Yong-hong expressed his solidarity with the Burmese people and with democratic movements worldwide on September 28th. As Taiwan does not have a voice in the United Nations, he called upon Internet users to launch an online letter campaign pressuring the UN and urging it to show concern for the Burmese democracy movement and stop the bloody crackdown. By writing one letter, one person at a

time, the Taiwanese people can tell the United Nations that they are not only concerned about democracy at home, but also democracy movements abroad. Moreover, they should urge the United Nations to place sanctions upon Burma and defend democratic values.

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DPP Condemns Ongoing Repression by Burma Military Rulers

The Democratic Progressive Party condemns the Burmese junta’s ongoing repression of the Burmese people, and calls for the return of freedom and human rights in Burma. Beginning on September 26, after weeks of peaceful protests, the Burmese government resorted to brutal force and crushed the monk-led opposition. President Chen Shui-bian expressed regret over the violent actions of the Burmese government, and added that he personally and “solemnly called on international society to take note of the essence of the Chinese dictatorial rule and its terrible human rights and pay close attention to China’s military intimidation, diplomatic suppression and political ‘united front’ campaign against Taiwan.” Department of International Affairs Director Lai I-Chung also condemned the military government’s use of violence to suppress the local populace, and called for an immediate end to the repression. He likewise demanded that leaders grant freedom of assembly and association to the Burmese people and arrange for the immediate release of all political prisoners, including National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung Sung Suu Kyi. Director Lai decried the Chinese government's support for the military, which has subsequently harmed the democracy movement in Burma. Director Lai stressed that the junta has long relied on Chinese support to resist growing international pressure for a regime change. He called upon leaders in Beijing to stop granting foreign aid to the military junta, without which they could not perpetuate their regime. "Democracy is a universal value,” said Director Lai. He emphasized that even though Taiwan was once deeply authoritarian, the people made many sacrifices to help Taiwan become a democratic country. Thus, the people of Taiwan will give their full support to the Burmese populace, so that they might likewise pursue democratic reforms and gain their freedom. The Democratic Progressive Party and The National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) are both members of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) The DPP recently supported CALD Resolution No. 5 S, which openly proclaimed its support for a free and democratic Burma and condemned the repressive regime.

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‘UN for Taiwan’ Kaohsiung March a Huge Success
Recently, surveys conducted by the Democratic Progressive Party found that over 70% of the Taiwanese people wish to join the United Nations using the name ‘Taiwan.’ The people made their voices clear by participating in the ‘UN for Taiwan’ event in Kaohsiung on September 15th, 2007. Over half a million people took part in a march through Kaohsiung, which culminated in a massive rally that evening. President Chen Shui-bian, VP Annette Lu, DPP Presidential Candidate Frank Hsieh and other luminaries spoke passionately to the crowd about Taiwan’s UN bid. The rally also featured video footage of similar rallies all over the world. Participants sent a unified message to the United Nations: Taiwan is a productive, democratic member of the international community and deserves membership in the UN!

Chairman supporters Aili

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Freedom House, Ms. Pinano and Dr. Karin Karlekar. Deutsch

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China Leaves Taiwan Out of the 2008 Olympic Torch Relay
After months of frustrating negotiations, the International Olympic Committee has announced that Taiwan will not take part in the 2008 Olympic torch relay. According to DPP Director of International Affairs Lai I-Chung, Beijing’s boycott of Taiwanese participation in the torch relay will only further increase the Taiwanese people's dissatisfaction with the Chinese side, thus having a detrimental impact on any positive development of cross-strait relations. The entire controversy first began last April, when Beijing released its plans for the torch relay route. The Chinese Government arranged for the torch to travel from Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City to Taiwan before arriving in Hong Kong. Democratic Progressive Party leaders and government officials immediately condemned the plan, which envisioned Taiwan as the beginning of the domestic leg of the route. They refused to accept any subsequent agreement denying or downgrading Taiwan’s status as a sovereign country. A consensus was reached on August 29th. However, Mainland Affairs Council chairman Chen Ming-tong was informed at the last minute by Beijing via telephone that Taiwan’s Olympic Committee would be responsible to coordinate ‘all relevant parties to not use any flag, emblem, or anthem other than those [described by the IOC] during the torch relay." Not only is this last minute change a direct provocation and disregard of the dignity of the people of Taiwan, it is also a deliberate hostile act ensuring that logistics will not allow the torch to come to Taiwan. Vice President Annette Lu expressed her disappointment in the outcome, but reaffirmed the Democratic Progressive Party’s position that Taiwan would refuse to accept any arrangement that downgraded Taiwan’s sovereignty. “It might be misinterpreted by the world that Taiwan is part of China." stated Lu.

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Chairman You Resigns Party Position
On September 21st, Democratic Progressive Party Chairman You issued a four point statement, summarized here, which announced his resignation as the chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party. First, he stated that the Taiwanese people can vouch for his honest and upright political career. Second, any public investigation will find that he has always used his special discretionary funds for public purposes. Third, Chairman You respects the Taiwanese judicial system, and is certain that he will be proven innocent. Fourth, he is a man who means what he says and does what he means, as well as a man of his word. Thus, he has decided to resign as Chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party. In a separate statement issued the following day, Chairman You expressed his deep love of Taiwan, as well as his hope that his children would one day see Taiwan fully integrated into the international community. The Chairman believed that his resignation best suited the needs of the party at this time, which faces many challenges ahead and needs to remain unified.

Chairman You resigns his position as party chairman.

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Normal Nation Resolution
Taiwan is a sovereign, independent nation. Neither Taiwan nor China belongs to one another, nor is one country under the jurisdiction of the other. However, the combination of an internal threat, that of the remnant authoritarian Kuomintang regime, and an external threat, that of the hegemonic behavior of China, constitute five threats to the normalization of Taiwan.

1. Abnormal International Relations China has displayed blatant aggression towards Taiwan in the form of military, diplomatic, economic, cultural, and political actions, and through its promulgations of the “One China Policy,” as well as the “Anti-Secession Law.” China has unilaterally altered the status quo in the Taiwan Strait, thus undermining Taiwan’s sovereignty and security, threatening Taiwan’s survival in the international community, and creating abnormal international relations for Taiwan. 2. Abnormal Constitutional System. Taiwan is still currently using the unsuitable Constitution of the Republic of China. The democratically elected government is thus prevented from functioning normally, resulting in an abnormal constitutional system. 3. Abnormal National Identity. The legacy of cultural and educational indoctrination by the authoritarian alien KMT regime, along with its suppression and stigmatization of local culture, has obstructed the formation of national identification, thus causing an abnormal national identity. 4. Abnormal Social Justice Unequal treatment of certain social groups over time by the KMT regime has led to a disruption of social cohesion, which should be based on equal citizenship, thus creating an abnormal social justice reality.

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5. Abnormal Electoral Competition The KMT’s long-term possession of illegitimately gained party assets has fostered a culture of vote-buying, a failure to distinguish between party and State, and is furthermore detrimental to democracy, thus creating abnormal competition between political parties.

The Democratic Progressive Party is the progressive force representing the people of Taiwan, who seek to preserve Taiwan’s popular sovereignty and pursue democratic justice. Faced by these aforementioned five threats, the DPP shall move forward and respond on the basis of our “Taiwan Independence Clause” and “Resolution Regarding Taiwan’s Future,” along with our “Normal Nation Resolution.”

In order for Taiwan to become a normal nation, we need to actively promote and implement name-rectification, promulgate a new constitution, and accede to the United Nations. In addition, we must realize transitional justice and restore a Taiwan-centric identity, with the ultimate goal of transforming Taiwan into a normal nation. To accomplish these aims, we propose the following plan:

1. Recognizing that Taiwanese national identity is based on the idea of a community of “common destiny,” we must strengthen democratic values and Taiwanese consciousness. Since the country name, “Republic of China,” is not recognized by the international community, Taiwan must seek accession to the United Nations, World Health Organization, and other international organizations under the name “Taiwan.” It is thus important to achieve name-rectification of Taiwan in the near future. We must write a new constitution, and at a proper

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time, ratify it through referendum to demonstrate that Taiwan is an independent, sovereign State. 2. Taiwan should adopt the Gregorian calendar as its official calendar, in order to facilitate the country’s integration with international norms. 3. The government should foster Taiwanese national identity, intensively promote the development of Taiwanese culture and the public usage of mother tongues, and implement the Taiwanization of the education system. 4. It is a necessary prerequisite of economic development to first ensure national security, social justice, and sustainable development, in order for the people of Taiwan to experience happy and dignified lives. 5. The government shall dedicate itself fully to advancing transitional justice on every front. It will rid the nation of the politically symbolic remnants of authoritarianism and its unjust allocation of national resources, oversee a complete overhaul of Taiwan’s judiciary, investigation, and prosecution systems, and ensure that the KMT return its illegitimately gained party assets. The Government must also rehabilitate the victims of political oppression and investigate the truth of the oppression which took place during the White Terror period.

The Democratic Progressive Party believes that Taiwan must move forward with the times. Taiwan must therefore break away from the bonds of power politics, put in place by an irrational and authoritarianism system, actively pursue name-rectification and promulgate a new Constitution, accede to the United Nations as an equal member, and implement transitional justice and policies aimed at nurturing a Taiwan-centric consciousness. By uniting together, we can build a normal and magnificent nation.