Robert Kao, founder of the world’s second largest microchip contract manufacturer, told Taiwan Radio International that Taiwan’s pro-China Kuomintang Party should abandon the “one-China principle”.
The founder of United Microelectronics (UMC) pointed out that the “one China principle” policy of the Kuomintang only hinders global recognition of Taiwan. In his view, when the Kuomintang called the Republic of China (Taiwan) “the only China” in its constitution for the subsequent invasion of the People’s Republic of China, it led to Taiwan’s unclear international status.
Cao also expressed his belief that the “one-China principle” of the Kuomintang is the root cause of all the problems facing Taiwan in finding its global identity.
The Kuomintang remained in power in Taiwan until the presidential election of 2000. The opposition Democratic Progressive Party candidate Chen Shui-bian then obtained 39.3% of the vote and surpassed his KMT opponent.
Five years later, party representatives visited mainland China for the first time in more than half a century. At the same time, the Kuomintang strengthened its contacts with the Chinese Communist Party.