BEIJING -- It will seriously harm cross-Straits
relations if the proposed draft of the "second republic constitution" is adopted
by the Democratic Progressive Party and submitted to the "Legislative Yuan" for
deliberation, a Chinese mainland scholar said here on Saturday.
"That amounts to taking a concrete step towards seeking 'de jure Taiwan
independence,'" said Yu Keli, director of the Institute of Taiwan Studies of the
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Taiwan University Professor Chen Ming-tong and other scholars made public a
proposed draft of the "second republic constitution" on March 18.
In an interview with Xinhua, Yu said the proposed draft includes the
proposition of "one country on each side", which in essence is seeking "de jure
In addition, it advocates determining cross-Straits political relations
through a "referendum". It also explicitly calls the "second republic
constitution" a "Constitution of Taiwan".
Yu said the proposed draft is a downright "Taiwan independence" scheme that
aims to change the status quo that both the mainland and Taiwan belong to one
Huang Jiashu, professor of the Beijing-based Renmin University of China, told
Xinhua that the proposed draft is more deceptive compared with former
straightforward versions of "Taiwan independence" attempts.
The proposed draft states that "jurisdiction of the state is only confined to
Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, Matsu and affiliated islands" and "territorial air
space, territorial waters and adjoining waters conforming with stipulations of
It also puts the People's Republic of China alongside the "Republic of
China", which in essence defines cross-Strait relations as "one country on each
Huang said the "second republic constitution" is one of the approaches to
"pushing 'Taiwan independence' through constitutional reform" proposed by Taiwan
leader Chen Shui-bian a long time ago. The proposed draft of "second republic
constitution" is an attempt to repeat the trick of making the "National
Unification Council" cease functioning and "cease to apply" the "National
He urged the Taiwan society and the international community to keep high
vigilance against this trick.
Yu Keli said the activities of "de jure Taiwan independence" will not only
directly impair the interests of Taiwan compatriots, but also seriously threaten
peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits and even the whole Asia-Pacific