Newspaper article China Post

DPP Heavyweights Attend Party's First China Affairs Meeting

Newspaper article China Post

DPP Heavyweights Attend Party's First China Affairs Meeting

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) assembled yesterday for its first meeting of the long-waited China Affairs Committee ([...]), headed by Chairman Su Tseng-chang ([...])

The committee is comprised of DPP members and focuses solely on retooling the DPP's China policy. Because of China's growth into a major economic force in the global community, as well as being a critical trading partners for Taiwan, Su has said that Taiwan is in need of a flexible strategy that could simultaneously safeguard its sovereignty while nurturing economic relations between the two sides.

"Taiwan should not passively accept mainland China's cross-strait agenda on what Taiwan's position or identity to China is," Su said. "Taiwan should be able to take the initiative and present its own agenda."

Ideally, China should not wield so much influence over Taiwan, he said, and Taiwan should be provided the freedom of how to identify itself in relation to the mainland. …

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