Former TSU chairman expelled for traveling to China with Lien
Central News Agency
2014-03-04 11:23 PM
Taipei, March 4 (CNA) The small opposition Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) on Tuesday stripped former chairman Su Chin-chiang of his party membership after Su traveled to China with a delegation led by Lien Chan, honorary chairman of the ruling Kuomintang, in mid-February. The TSU, which staunchly supports Taiwan independence and keeps its distance from Beijing, said in a news release that its central standing committee believes Su's participation in the Feb. 17-20 trip was not personal in nature. Su was the party's head from 2005 to 2007.

The press release quoted Su as saying that the delegation to China "covers all walks of life in Taiwan" and "its representation (of the Taiwanese people) is self-evident." The TSU took issue with media reports linking Su to his party under the title "former TSU chairman," which it said created a "false image" that the TSU identified with the Lien delegation and constituted serious damage to the party. Upon hearing the news, Su nonchalantly said that he had not been informed of the matter in advance, "but it doesn't matter," adding that he gives his blessing to the party anyway.

Su stressed that his remarks have been consistent regardless of whether they were made in Taiwan or China, stressing that he has maintained a position of safeguarding peaceful cross-strait development and the existence of Taiwan and has no need to report to any party. Current TSU Chairman Huang Kun-huei has informed former President Lee Teng-hui, the party's "spiritual leader," about the decision to expel Su, with Lee reportedly agreeing with the decision. (By Justin Su and Lilian Wu)

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