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  • By Sherry Hsiao / Journalist

The two sides of the Taiwan Strait in their interactions must respect the founding of the Republic of China (ROC) by Sun Yat-sen (孫逸仙) 110 [sic] years ago, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) said yesterday.

Chu made the remarks during a flag raising ceremony at the KMT headquarters in Taipei to mark the Double Ten National Day.

For the past 110 years, the ROC has remained steadfast in the midst of turmoil, said Chu, who assumed the role of KMT chairman on Tuesday last week.

Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

“From the establishment of the Republic of China to the defense of Taiwan and the construction of Taiwan, the KMT has always been at the forefront of the people and worked hard for this land,” he said. . “We are the political party that loves the Republic of China and Taiwan the most. “

“We will always be believers” of Sun, he said, adding that whether in Taiwan, at home or abroad, all believers of Sun “must defend the Republic of China, safeguard our freedom. and our democracy, and hold fast to the peace and prosperity that all of our people expect.

“The two sides of the strait must maintain this spirit,” he said, adding that the basis of relations between the two sides was to seek common ground while maintaining differences of opinion.

It is essential to respect that Sun founded the ROC 110 years ago, he said.

While the ROC was founded on January 1, 1912, it was preceded by the Wuchang Uprising of October 10, 1911.

A responsible ruling party must respect public opinion and defend the Republic of China, he said.

“Do not distort the history of the Republic of China,” nor undermine the efforts of former presidents and members of the KMT, he said.

ROC is the nation’s name in the Constitution, former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said at the event.

Since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took office five years ago, the “lead role” – the ROC – appears to have played a “supporting role” in the Double Ten National Day celebrations, did he declare.

Tsai should apologize for the “disappearance” of the Republic of China, he added.

Ma said the Chinese Communist Party’s separate references to the “1992 Consensus” and its “One-China Principle” over the past six months are an “important message” because they imply that the two statements are not. not the same.

This indicates that there is room for each side to seek common ground while maintaining differences of opinion, Ma said.

“I have said time and again that the interpretations of the ‘1992 consensus’ and ‘one China’ are crucial to maintaining peace and prosperity between the two sides of the Strait,” Ma said.

The “1992 consensus” – a term former Continental Affairs Council chairman Su Chi (蘇 èµ·) admitted in 2006 to having coined in 2000 – refers to a tacit agreement between the KMT and the Chinese Communist Party.

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