Newspaper article China Post

DPP to Set Up Committee to Handle China Affairs: Report

Newspaper article China Post

DPP to Set Up Committee to Handle China Affairs: Report

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The main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is expected to set up a committee to find a new direction for its ties with China after the Beijing leadership transfer concludes at the Communist Party's 18th National Congress, a report said yesterday.

The DPP will introduce a China affairs committee to handle cross-strait ties in-line with a promise made earlier by its chairman, Su Tseng-chang, the United Evening News said.

DPP spokesman Wang Min-sheng did not confirm the newspaper's report, but said the party's think tank, its China affairs department and policymakers have been closely observing the Chinese Communists' ongoing party congress, where new leaders for the country will be chosen.

The DPP will keep the public updated on any progress concerning the China affairs committee, Wang added.

The party established its China affairs department earlier this year after losing the presidential election, a loss mostly blamed on its lack of a policy to improve ties with a giant neighbor who sees the pro-independence party as a major obstacle to its achieving its goal of uniting the two sides of the Strait.

Former Premier Frank Hsieh, a heavyweight from the DPP, made a groundbreaking trip to the mainland recently, sparking speculation about how fast and how far the DPP may go with its cross-strait fence-mending task.

But some observers have noted that the DPP chairman seems to have stepped on the brakes lately.

Asked to comment on Chinese leader Hu Jintao's latest call for political dialogue between Taipei and Beijing, Su reiterated Taiwan's status quo as a sovereign nation.

Wu Tze-chia, vice chairman of an online news outlet, noted that Su did not even mention "Republic of China" in his comments.

Even his predecessor, Tsai Ing-wen, who lost to President Ma Ying-jeou in this year's presidential race, stressed that "Taiwan is the Republic of China and the Republic of China is Taiwan," Wu pointed out.

If the DPP is seen as retreating to the fundamentalist pro-independence stance, the doors to its cross-strait dialogue with China will be shut, Wu said. …

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