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DPP secretary-general in US to tout stability

‘NO SURPRISES’:Joseph Wu said the party would use the new legislative session to highlight its interest in peaceful and stable relations with China

By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in WASHINGTON

Wu said that relations with the US would be of “utmost importance” and that the DPP would try to improve economic, security and political ties.

The party would also try to reform legal infrastructure and make the necessary structural adjustments for Taiwan to gain entry into the TPP, Wu said.

“We will increase investment in the defense budget proportionate to Taiwan’s economic growth, particularly increasing investment in Taiwan’s indigenous defense programs for self-defense,” he said.

“We will adopt a consistent and predictable policy agenda with the US so that Taiwan can be regarded as a trustworthy strategic partner that makes a meaningful contribution to US global operations,” he added.

Answering questions from the audience, Wu denied reports that he would be negotiating Taiwan’s trade problems with the US over the import of US pork products.

If China tried to block Taiwan from entering the TPP, it would not be conducive to peaceful and stable relations and that the DPP hoped that the US would help to overcome any objections from Beijing, he said.

Tsai appointed Wu to serve as the DPP’s respresentative to the US in 2012. He served as Taiwan’s representative to the US during former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) administration.

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