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DPP invites young KMT members to debate on policies

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Democratic Progressive Party's Youth Affairs Department yesterday said it would invite young members of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to a policy debate.

Director of the department Chou Yung-hong (周永鴻) said in a statement yesterday that the department would organize a team of young members to participate.

INVITATION ONLY

Chou said the KMT members to be invited included KMT Central Standing Committee member Lien Sheng-wen (連勝文), head of the KMT Youth League Huang Chih-chung (黃執中), deputy head of the league Lin Yi-shih (林益世) and KMT spokesman Su Jun-pin (蘇俊賓).

The department said the debate would address topics such as the government's application to join the UN using the name "Taiwan," KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) proposed cross-strait common market and concept of "one Taiwan, different interpretations," the recovery of the KMT's stolen assets and the nation should recognize university diplomas from China.

NECESSARY SKILLS

Chou said it was necessary for young members from both parties to debate about policies because political developments can affect everyone.

"Democratic politics means party politics," Chou said. "Once the new `single district, two votes' system takes effect [in January's legislative election], the focus of the [legislative] elections will be on the differences between party policies."

Under these circumstances, each party must learn to explain its policies in detail to vie for votes, he said, urging the KMT members to accept the invitation.

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