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Political leaders decline to have coffee with Lu

SUMMIT The premier, as well as the chairmen of the three blue-camp parties, all said they had prior engagements and wouldn't be able to attend

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

The planned political summit organized by Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) was canceled yesterday due to the resistance of those invited.

Lu's office issued a statement yesterday afternoon announcing that the "blue ocean" coffee meeting scheduled for today would be canceled because most politicians invited to the meeting would not be able to attend.

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜), Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming (郁慕明) all said that they had other engagements.

In a bid to solve what she called one of the country's gravest crises in 30 years, Lu on Monday called on the leaders of the four branches of government and five political parties to sit down with President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and herself to have a cup of "blue ocean" coffee and map out a "blue ocean" strategy for the nation.

The "blue ocean strategy" is the subject of a book written by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne, who argue that cutthroat competition results in nothing but a bloody, red ocean of rivals fighting over a shrinking profit pool.

The authors advocate the idea of "winning by not competing," or achieving lasting success not by battling competitors, but by creating "blue oceans" -- or what they call untapped sectors ripe for growth.

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