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DPP mulls disciplinary action for PRC visit

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) said yesterday the party would soon decide what to do with two party members who attended a forum in China at the weekend against party directives.

Cheng said that the party was collecting information about the words and deeds of former DPP legislator Hsu Jung-shu (許榮淑) and former Council of Agriculture minister Fan Chen-tsung (范振宗) when they attended the two-day Fifth Cross-Strait Economic, Trade and Culture Forum in Changsha, Hunan Province, and would send the two to the party’s Central Review Committee for disciplinary action later this week.

He said the party had urged Hsu not to participate in the forum before her departure, but she went anyway.

After her return, Hsu said that she was moved by the friendliness, honesty and manner in which Chinese treated Taiwanese who visit China.

Cheng said it was obvious that Hsu was a victim of Beijing’s unification strategy.

Fan argues that the DPP had never told him not to attend the forum, but Fan is not a three-year old, Chang said, adding that he was a senior politician who once served as Hsinchu County commissioner.

It is impossible for him not to understand the party’s position on the matter, and it is impossible for him not to understand the political implications behind the Chinese Communist Party’s invitation for him to attend the forum, Cheng said.

DPP Legislator Chai Trong-rong (蔡同榮) yesterday said Hsu’s remarks in China that “the Chinese Communists had treated Taiwanese compatriots like their own flesh and blood” filled him with “disgust.”

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