Cross-Strait Relations

National Security

Policy Overview
Ko Wen-je's cross-strait policy, founded on the principles of "Taiwan’s Sovereignty, Cross-Strait Peace," promotes the exchanges between both sides with a strong focus on "building amicable relations and mutual prosperity. Emphasizing mutual recognition, understanding, respect, cooperation, and empathy, this policy seeks to facilitate cooperation for mutual benefit, resolve differences through communication, control risks through crisis management, foster integration through inclusivity, and ultimately contribute to shared prosperity.

Issue Analysis

I. At present, the cross-strait policies of both the Democratic Progress Party (DPP) and the Kuomintang (KMT) merely reflect the consensus within their respective parties, rather than being grounded in the broader consensus of all Taiwanese.

II. The current cross-strait policies of both the DPP and the KMT are biased and unable to ensure a lasting cross-strait peace.

A. The "1992 Consensus" advocated by the KMT overly relies on the goodwill of China to maintain cross-strait peace. It falls short of adapting to the present circumstances, leading to a gradual erosion of international support for Taiwan.
B. The DPP predominantly relies on goodwill assistance from countries such as the United States and Japan for Taiwan's security, neglecting the fact that Taiwan's security hinges on dynamic equilibrium between international and cross-strait factors. While ostensibly advocating for Taiwanese independence, they escalate tensions across the Taiwan strait, prioritize political and factional interests, engage in corruption, all while demonstrating inadequate preparedness for national defense. 
C. The cross-strait stances of the two parties have led to intense competition and rivalry between the United States and China, causing severe impacts on Taiwan’s economy and society. Furthermore, the DPP frequently manipulates cross-strait issues excessively for election purposes, causing Taiwan embroiled in unnecessary conflicts with China in recent years.


Cross-Strait Policy 
In light of the rapidly changing cross-strait and international situations, Taiwan People's Party (TPP) advocates, based on the existing foundations between the two sides and complying to the principles of "Taiwan’s Sovereignty," "Cross-Strait Peace," and an attitude of "Amicable Relationship and Mutual Prosperity," to go beyond confrontational pattern and propose a "New Consensus" to resolve differences, set aside disputes, and leave room for mutual cooperation. What does “Taiwan’s Sovereignty and Cross-Strait Peace” truly mean? It means upholding Taiwan's distinctive path to freedom and democracy, and preserving peaceful status quo in the Taiwan Strait for the past few decades.
To actively facilitate comprehensive cross-strait exchanges, we aim to focus on three aspects: cultural, economic, and political:

I. Cultural Aspect

A. Chinese Culture: As one of the most successful examples of the integration of Chinese culture and universal values, Taiwan should actively influence mainland China through the platform of shared Chinese culture to facilitate China’s values aligning with universal values.
B. Democracy, Human Rights, and Environment: After decades of rapid economic development following the Chinese Economic reform, China has undergone significant changes in social consciousness. Universal values are gaining more attention within Chinese society, and Taiwan can share its experiences and progress in democracy, human rights, and environmental governance.
C. Promoting exchanges in areas of culture, sports and tourism.

II. Economic Aspect

A. For foreign trade, we must continue to diversify risks and expand Taiwan’s overseas markets.
B. Emphasize harnessing and propelling Taiwan's industrial prowess to promote cross-strait exchanges, from goods to personnel. Deliberate strategies to maximize Taiwan's interests, cultivate reasonable and mutually beneficial commercial interactions across the strait, and actively discourage China from boycotting Taiwanese products to foster relevant industry growth domestically.
C. Comprehensively promote cross-strait trade of goods and movement of people while urging China to lift import bans on Taiwanese products, thus facilitating the development of related industries in Taiwan.
D. Complete the legislative process for the "Cross-Strait Agreement Supervisory Act," as a framework to review unfinished agreements and explore new areas of cooperation between the two sides of the Strait.

III. Political Aspect

A. After completing the legislative process for the "Cross-Strait Agreement Supervisory Act," engage in dialogue with Beijing authorities within the existing mechanisms of the Straits Exchange Foundation and the Association for Relations across the Taiwan Straits, in accordance with the law.
B. To convene a non-partisan “National Conference on Cross-Strait Policy” to gather opinions and consolidate internal consensus in Taiwan. Include more crucial issues in the cross-strait agreements, such as pandemic prevention and climate change in mutually beneficial agreements to enhance mutual trust of the two sides. 
C. Urging China to cease its military harassment of naval and aircraft activities around Taiwan to restore mutual trust between the two sides.
D. Requesting Beijing to support Taiwan's meaningful participation in international organizations such as the World Health Assembly (WHA), the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other international organizations.