Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary-General Chang Chun-hsiung (
"We will not rule out any possibilities ? like [PFP] Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) said, [we] share similar intentions, especially in terms of issues concerning people's livelihoods and political stability," Chang said. He was mobbed by the press for comments yesterday prior to attending a tea party at the Presidential Office.
The tea party, hosted by Vice President Annette Lu (
Approximately 31 pan-green legislators attended the event yesterday, including a few from the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU).
During the event, a number of new legislators expressed their support for possible DPP-PFP cooperation, as long as the process and negotiations remain open and transparent.
Hsu Kuo-yung (
Hsu dismissed concerns that the DPP would lose its political ideals should it cooperate with the PFP, which is known for its pro-unification stance.
"We should be confident in ourselves and in our beliefs," Hsu said.
"Although the DPP and the PFP have different ideologies, the DPP, having been founded 18 years ago, should not worry about its long-term ideologies being obscured or narrowed by the PFP," he said.
Echoing Hsu's remarks on the feasibility of DPP-PFP cooperation, Wang Shih-chien (王世堅), a Taipei City councilor representing a constituency in Taipei City, said that DPP-PFP cooperation should only be considered in terms of tackling policies concerning all people's livelihoods and not issues of personnel.
"On the basis of a moral stance, the DPP could cooperate with the PFP in terms of issues concerning people's welfare," Wang said.
"The DPP should however avoid cooperation with the PFP in terms of personnel matters, because it then would be perceived by the public as a divvying up of office space," he said.
Chuang Suo-han (
"The result was the people's way of forcing all political parties to seek ways to resolve deadlocks," Chuang said.
Kuan Pi-ling (
"The DPP should instead take on a more flexible approach and seek cooperation with different parties, according to different tasks at hand," said Kuan, who formerly served as Kaohsiung City Government spokeswoman.
In her address to the group, Lu reminded the newly elected leg-islators of the load of responsibility they have to carry when the new legislature convenes in February.
Stating that Taiwan will in the coming three years face global, domestic and social challenges, Lu expressed the hope that the legislators will not fail in people's expectations to better develop the nation and shape its values when deliberating on new laws or amending old ones.