Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), a member of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), yesterday called on the party to face the rise of China and to fully deliberate its China policy.
Chen said the DPP must face the changed situation and DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) should lead party officials and members to discuss the party’s approach to China.
“The DPP should achieve a consensus among different opinions [within the party] after gaining a thorough understanding of [the impact of] the rise of China and the [President Ma Ying-jeou, 馬英九] administration’s China policy,” Chen said in an interview with SET-TV that aired yesterday afternoon. “The DPP’s China policy should be able to address the current state of [cross-strait relations] and live up to the public’s expectations.”
Chen said it would be “inadequate” for pro-independence activists to advocate de jure independence while being unable to face the nation’s biggest threat.
“Everyone should know that the circumstances have changed. We should learn to face China and its changes,” she said.