Greens back Lai’s straight talk on Taiwan independence
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-06-08 03:45 PM
On Saturday Huang Di-ying, spokesperson for the Democratic Progressive Party, came out in support of Tainan mayor William Lai's comments to Chinese scholars on Taiwan's position on independence. Huang said that Lai’s statements, which came during a symposium in Shanghai, were forthright and accurate and that as a citizen of a democratic society he believes has every right to express his opinion.

Huang added that Lai was expressing the opinion of the people of Taiwan and was also expressing the beliefs of the DPP, and he hopes that the people of China will understand his position. He said the party hopes that the two sides will be able to improve their understanding of each other’s way of thought, noting that if they can do so it will help to resolve differences and create opportunities for peace, stability and development on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

Huang stressed that the DPP has always advocated that differences between Taiwan and China should be resolved through real, meaningful communication and dialogue between the two sides. Such an approach will be helpful in establishing mutual understanding, respect and tolerance on both sides, said Huang, adding that in future cross-strait exchanges the party will continue to take an open and active approach to the development of better relations across the strait.

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