China Times: Where is the DPP's cross-strait policy headed?
Central News Agency
2014-06-10 10:27 AM
The pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) appears to be moving toward a new approach on cross-Taiwan Strait relations since Tsai Ing-wen took over as party chief. During a meeting with members of the DPP's China Affairs Committee, Tsai reportedly said she would be prepared to meet with Zhang Zhijun, head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, if Zhang visits Taiwan, as long as such a meeting is not subject to any preconditions. Also, Tsai was supportive of a visit to China by Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te, saying that the two sides of the strait should promote mutual understanding through sincere exchanges and dialogue. The DPP's friendly gesture toward China should be encouraged, but what is more important is how the DPP will adjust its thinking on cross-strait ties and how it will deal with key cross-strait issues. It remains to be seen whether the DPP will continue a scorched-earth strategy and stall policies or begin to conduct democratic oversight and play the role of a "constructive opposition party." As long as the DPP allows its words and actions to become more positive and consistent, the party will be able to gradually break its deadlock with China, which could in turn lead cross-strait ties into a new phase. (Editorial abstract -- June 10, 2014) (By Y.F. Low)
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