President Chen is using his last days in the spotlight to try and influence President-elect Ma Ying-jeou's future direction.
He has called on Ma to uphold four principals in negotiations with China: sovereignty, democracy, peacefulness and equality.
Today, President Chen said that for cross-strait relations, China believes in peaceful unification and 'One Country, Two Systems;' The KMT upholds 'One China, two interpretations' and ultimate unification; and the DPP maintains that Taiwan and China are two countries. These are different roads, different principals, different choices, [the President said.] President Chen emphasized that Taiwan is independent from the People's Republic of China, that they are two countries who do not have jurisdiction over each other, and that the Taiwanese people cannot accept 'One Country, Two Systems.'Notice that Ma's 'One China, two interpretations' implies that the two sides of the strait do have common jurisdiction and are just one country.