Recognition by compatriots is what we harvest: Yok Mu-ming

UPDATED: 16:14, July 13, 2005

Taiwan's New Party chairman Yok Mu-ming took a joint interview by People's Daily, Xinhua News Agency and CCTV before concluding his visit to the mainland to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the victory in the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.

A high-profile visit at the stand of the Chinese nation

Question: You returned to the mainland for the first time in 1990 and afterwards visited the mainland many times, in what way is your visit this time different from the previous ones?

Answer: Previous visits, some were in personal capacity, some were on behalf of the New Party, for example that in 2001. But this time is different, for it has a clear-cut theme, that is to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, which makes it a visit of a higher profile. It's not from the perspective of a political party or an individual but from the position of the Chinese nation, so the sites we chose for are all related to the Chinese nation.

We went to Guangzhou as the first stop, seeking the noble upright spirit of the nation at the Huanghuagang 72 Martyrs' Cemetery; we felt ourselves the sorrow of the nation at the Memorial Hall of Compatriots Murdered in the Nanjing Massacre as the second stop; the third stop, in Dalian, we saw the future prospects because the path of China's development is from south to north, from the Peal River Dealta and Yangtze River Delta to Bohai Sea and the northeast; the last stop, in Beijing we brought our dream for peace. Beijing is the conclusion of our journey; we are here not only to remember the history but also to expect cross-Straits peace.

Intangible coherence more powerful

Question: Before leaving Taiwan, you said that what you wanted from the visit is a spiritual pursuit, which is different from the Chinese Kuomintang (KMT) and People First Party (PFP). You wanted to bring back to Taiwan the spirit of the Chinese nation. Now what exactly will you bring back to Taiwan?

Answer: There are tangible and intangible goals. What Chairman Lien Chan and Chairman James CY Soong achieved in their previous visits were tangible consensus. It seems the spirit we call is not that concrete, it is intangible and one cannot feel it. What we want through our visit is to wake people to recall and remember the history, take the history as a mirror and think about the future.

For example, 60 years ago, Japan invaded China, now Japanese right wing gains ground again. Will the tragedy repeat in the next 60 years? The responsibility of the New Party is to constantly caution people. In the past, Dr. Sun Yat-sen fought and campaigned for revolution but not many followed him. However, an intangible force accumulated continuously and ended up more effective than a concrete and tangible power.

Question: The New Party calls itself a lonely North Star. This time, you are welcomed everywhere on the mainland, plus, a new chapter has been opened by the KMT and PFP, are these making you feel less lonely?

Answer: This is in fact what we reaped this time. Out compatriots offered us enthusiastic welcome everywhere we went. We are moved, not because we are welcomed but because of people's recognition of the New Party and the New Party's persistence in its ideas and adherence to the "One-China" principle. The meaning the New Party bears wins us such high-standard reception.

Make it in the pan-blue three-party integration, make joint efforts for cross-Straits peace

Question: If the pan-blue camp succeeds in integration, what is the position of the New Party? As an old saying goes, better be the head of an ass than the tail of a horse, how do you see it?

Answer: It will be fantastic if the pan-blue camp can make it in its integration. In that case, we can make joint efforts for the well-being of people and for the cross-Straits peace. Some say that I can be vice chairman of the KMT. I don't think so and I will not act for it. What I pursue is only to bring the forces together. Position is not important to me.

Question: The New Party is the smallest part of the pan-blue camp but the most active force in pushing the integration of the pan-blue camp, what do you plan to do in this regard after you return to Taiwan?

Answer: Actually we have always been pushing it. It can be seen from the election for members of the "Legislative Yuan" that the New Party does not care its own outcome but that of the whole pan-blue camp. So what we can do is to sacrifice ourselves for the integration of the pan-blue camp.

Cross-Straits exchange is the overwhelming trend and we want to push it

Question: What role will the New Party play in the cross-Straits relations?

Answer: The mainland and Taiwan should increase exchanges to enhance mutual understanding. I do not hope antipathy be aroused towards each other due to some things happened or some people. What is most important is to let all realize that people across the Straits are of the same family.

Question: Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party seeks to "legitimize Taiwan independence" and pursues "cultural Taiwan independence", which include "de-China" cultural strategy. Do you think the cross-Straits relations will be damaged under such a circumstance?

Answer: I do not think the cross-Straits relations will deteriorate, because it is against the trend. The mainland and Taiwan have been open to each other and have had exchanges. The car has started and cannot brake. As for the New Party, we will not merely follow the trend but push it.

By People's Daily Online

People's Daily Online ---