Mon, Jul 30, 2012 - Page 3 News List

DPP chief defends move to reinstate China department

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Su Tseng-chang, second right, and his wife Chan Hsiu-ling cut a cake at an event marking the anniversary of the Eball Foundation set up by Su. The characters on the cake read chaoyue — surpass, transcend — which is the foundation’s Chinese name.

Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said yesterday that the reinstatement of the party’s Department of China Affairs is neither a surrender to China nor a means to fawn over the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), but rather an instrument to improve the DPP’s understanding of China and to face the country confidently and actively.

Some people’s response to the reinstatement of the department is typical and fosters an atmosphere of conflict, Su said, adding that politicians needed to outgrow such ancient ways of thinking.

Su made the remarks in response to comments by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Mainland Affairs Department Director Chang Jung-kung (張榮恭) while attending a ceremony in Taipei to celebrate the first anniversary of the Eball Foundation that he established.

Chang said the name of the Department of China Affairs was meant to emphasize a “nation to nation” relationship with China and that if the party wants to engage with Beijing under such a title, in Beijing’s eyes this would be regarded as malicious.

Su said the party had reiterated that China is a neutral title, used by both Beijing and the international community and added that the department, which had been abolished five years ago, would adopt a pragmatic and self-confident approach to China.

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