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DPP says former official's Beijing visit not its concern

By Huang Tai-lin  /  STAFF REPORTER

A Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) official yesterday said that former deputy secretary-general Chung Chia-pin's (鍾佳濱) visit to Beijing has nothing to do with the party.

"Chung no longer holds any official position in the party and therefore there is no question of whether he needs to inform party headquarters about his personal trips," said Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦), a DPP spokesperson.

The spokesman was responding to questions about Chung's attendance at an academic event held at Beijing Union University yesterday. The party had no prior knowledge of Chung's China visit and was only aware of it after seeing it reported on a local TV news network, Cheng said.

According to a Central News Agency (CNA) news report yesterday, Chung was spotted attending Beijing Union University's Unveiling Ceremony for its Taiwan Research Institute.

Chung's appearance at the event created a stir since he was known as a DPP member, in addition to his previous position in the party, the report said.

Other event participants from Taiwan included Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chu Feng-chih (朱鳳芝) and former DPP Chairman Hsu Hsin-liang (許信良) who since 1999 has defied the DPP and sided with the opposition pan-blue camp.

According to local news coverage, Chung was mobbed by reporters at the event, but didn't make any comment. The CNA report said that Chung attended the event in his capacity as deputy secretary-general of the National Cultural Association, a position he assumed in February after stepping down from his DPP post.

Asked for comment yesterday on Chung's visit, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said "the matter has nothing to do with [the MAC]."

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