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Chinese official says DPP must drop independence

MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY:The comments were made as Greater Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu heads a delegation on a trip to China that continues this week

Staff writer, with CNA

Political exchanges between Beijing and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will remain impossible if the DPP continues to call for Taiwan’s independence, a Chinese official said yesterday.

Xinhua news agency quoted Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Yang Yi (楊毅) as saying that Beijing welcomes bilateral interactions between Chinese and Taiwanese cities, as well as negotiations with Taiwanese representatives who endorse the “peaceful development” of cross-strait relations.

However, Yang stressed that China’s position on the DPP remains unchanged.

“If the DPP does not drop its appeal for Taiwan’s independence, we will not proceed with inter-political party exchanges with it,” he said in the report.

Yang’s comments referred to a visit to China that began on Friday and runs through Wednesday by a delegation headed by Greater Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊).

Chen will visit Tianjin, Shenzhen, Xiamen and Fuzhou to invite their mayors to the Asia-Pacific Cities Summit, which is scheduled to be held in Greater Kaohsiung from Sept. 9 through Sept. 11.

Chen’s last trip to China in May 2009 to promote the World Games in the city made her the highest-ranking public official from the DPP to visit China at that time.

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