As the news that Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Koo Chen-fu (辜振甫) passed away spread yesterday morning, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) immediately suggested that People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) take over Koo's post as mediator of cross-strait affairs.
"The office of the SEF is a also a key position to promote the cooperation between the governing and opposition parties," said DPP caucus whip Lee Chun-yee (
"If PFP Chairman Soong doesn't think the position is too small, I think he is an ideal candidate," Lee added.
"But it is up to Soong, and we couldn't force him," Lee said.
"At any rate, infinite possibilities exist between cooperation of the DPP and the PFP and the other opposition party," he said.
Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) caucus whip Huang Tsung-yuan (
"If the Presidential Office does appoint Soong to take over the SEF chairman, the TSU would approve of this," Huang said.
The PFP's response to the invitation extended by the DPP's legislative caucus yesterday morning was low key.
Koo has just passed away, said PFP deputy secretary-general Chin Chin-sen (
"The DPP is one moment suggesting that Soong become the next head of a cross-strait peace committee, and one moment saying he should be the next head of the SEF. Mr. Soong is a very smart man. I think he can understand what the DPP is up to," the KMT's spokesman Chang Jung-kung (張榮恭) said yesterday afternoon after accompanying Lien to Koo's mourning hall.
However, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) echoed the pan-green camp's invitation, saying that Soong is an ideal candidate for SEF chairman.