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ANALYSIS: DPP eyes better relations with US in the future

By Chris Wang  /  Staff reporter

DPP Department of International Affairs director Liu Shih-chung (劉世忠) agreed that both sides were keen to rebuild constructive relations.

Su has said that the DPP will re-establish its representative office in Washington, which is expected to greatly enhance bilateral communications, Liu said.

DPP officials have taken every opportunity to talk to US officials and academics about the wide range of issues in which the sides share an interest, Liu said.

The US has been particularly unhappy with the description of US beef as “poisonous” by several DPP lawmakers, but the party leadership has since asked lawmakers to tone down the rhetoric and no DPP official has used that term.

“I think Washington has great expectations of Su and is keen to reset our relationship. They understand that [the relationship] needs to move in a more positive direction. Washington must be aware after the plethora of recent mistakes by the Ma administration, that the DPP is not the only cause of strained ties with the US,” Liu said.

The DPP is also closely watching the US presidential campaign, which is expected to heat up next month, he added.

Regardless of who wins the US presidential election in November, the political team in charge of Asia Pacific affairs at the US Department of State Department is expected to undergo significant personnel changes, which could be important for Taiwan, he said.

According to a staffer in Tsai’s office, she recently met with a number of US officials and academics.

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