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DPP’s Hsu, Fan offered chance to explain PRC visit

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday that former DPP legislator Hsu Jung-shu (許榮淑) would be invited to tell a party meeting if she felt wronged by the party’s threat to expel her for attending a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) forum in China this month.

Hsu returned to Taipei from Beijing yesterday. Upon her arrival, she told reporters that her likely expulsion from the party was unfair.

Defying a DPP ban, Hsu and former Council of Agriculture minister Fan Chen-tsung (范振宗) participated in the KMT-CCP forum on July 11 at the invitation of the CCP.

Hsu told reporters yesterday that as the largest opposition party in the nation, the DPP should have sent people “to monitor and learn what the KMT and the CCP are talking about and what are they doing.”

“I was looking forward for the interest of the party and for all Taiwanese and sought to monitor the KMT-CCP meeting. I did nothing wrong,” Hsu said, adding she found it unacceptable that party members accused of corruption could stay in the party while she risked expulsion for attending a forum.

The party should not avoid engaging with China, she said.

Hsu said she would visit party headquarter today and seek answers as to why the party intends to expel her.

The DPP Central Standing Committee on Wednesday passed a proposal by Tsai to expel Hsu and Fan for attending the forum. The approved motion was sent to the party’s Central Review Committee for a final decision this Wednesday, during which Fan and Hsu will be invited to defend themselves.

Tsai said yesterday that Hsu would have a chance to explain herself to the Central Review Committee if she felt uncomfortable about its decision.

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