Chinese officials showed goodwill to Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) during her recent trip to China, former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Lin Cho-shui (林濁水) said.
The atmosphere was different from that of her last visit, Lin said, adding that Beijing is clear on its stance about interactions with DPP personnel.
The Chinese authorities are fine with meeting DPP personnel, whether in their capacities as government officials or as party officials, but the time for direct interaction between the DPP and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has not yet come, Lin said.
Chen visited China from Aug. 9 to Wednesday last week to promote this year’s Asia-Pacific Cities Summit (APCS) to be held in Greater Kaohsiung from Sept. 9 to Sept. 11.
Tung Chen-yuan (童振源), chairman of the Graduate Institute of Development Studies at Taiwan’s National Chengchi University, said Beijing was reserved toward Chen during her last visit because she used the term “President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九)” when she was in China to promote the 2009 World Games, hosted by Greater Kaohsiung.
The situation worsened after Chen returned from China in 2009, when Kaohsiung screened a documentary by Chinese dissident Rebiya Kadeer during a film festival in the city, Tung said.
Tung said the fact that five Chinese cities expressed their intent to take part in the summit when Chen was promoting the event in China showed goodwill from Beijing.
The goodwill was also evident in China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun (張志軍) traveling to Tianjin to meet with Chen, Tung added.
However, Tung said the Chinese officials’ interactions with DPP members will remain on an individual level and there will be no progress on direct ties between the DPP and the CCP unless the DPP adjusts its China policies or regains power.