TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party passed a resolution Sunday to assert the self-ruled island’s separate identity from rival China and call for the enactment of a new constitution.
The move could rile China, which has repeatedly threatened war if Taiwan formalizes its de facto independence.
The resolution for a “normal country” – passed at a boisterous party congress – calls for general use of “Taiwan” as the island’s name, without specifically abolishing its current formal name, the Republic of China.
The congress comes ahead of the presidential election next March. The pro-independence DPP has resorted to a strategy of provoking China to help it garner islanders’ votes in past national elections.