DPP’s China Af­fairs head vis­its China for 1st time

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY KATHER­INE WEI

The Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party’s (DPP) China Af­fairs Com­mit­tee ( CAC) Direc­tor Chao Tien­lin ( ) vis­ited main­land China yes­ter­day along with the board of di­rec­tors of the Straits Ex­change Foun­da­tion (SEF, ), the visit be­ing a first for the DPP’s CAC.

Chao’s visit is not based on a DPP-Bei­jing ex­change in any way, said China’s Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice (TAO) spokesman Ma Xiaoguang ( ) af­ter hear­ing of Chao’s trip yes­ter­day. “He is merely vis­it­ing as a mem­ber of the SEF group ... if the DPP does not give up the men­tal­ity of ‘one side, one coun­try’ and in­sists on tear­ing the two sides apart with ‘Tai­wan’s in­de­pen­dence,’ then we will not be in­ter­act­ing with the DPP in any man­ner,” said Ma.

In June 2008, the As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­la­tions Across the Tai­wan Straits (ARATS, ) and SEF re­sumed in­ter­ac­tion based on the “1992 Con­sen­sus,” and the two as­so­ci­a­tions are set to plan an­nual meet­ings and events, said Ma.

“This group visit con­sists of the SEF’s board of di­rec­tors, and the names are pro­vided by the SEF; Chao is vis­it­ing as a part of the or­ga­ni­za­tion. The rea­son why he is here and the iden­tity un­der which he is vis­it­ing is very clear, and has noth­ing to do with a re­la­tion­ship be­tween the DPP and the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party,” Ma con­tin­ued.

SEF Chair­man Lin Join-sane ( ) led the del­e­ga­tion, which will be meet­ing ARATS Pres­i­dent Chen Dem­ing ( ) in Xi’an on Fri­day.

The DPP was in­formed about Chao’s visit ear­lier, a state­ment DPP spokesman Cheng Yun-peng ( ) con­firmed on Tues­day night.

“Chao had told the DPP man­age­ment about his visit be­fore­hand; he is a mem­ber of the SEF’s board of di­rec­tors and was in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in an SEF event. The DPP feels that more in­ter­ac­tion (be­tween the two or­ga­ni­za­tions) is a good thing,” said Cheng.

‘Pos­i­tive Devel­op­ment’ Be­tween

DPP and Bei­jing

DPP Leg­is­la­tor Yao Wen-chi (

) sug­gested yes­ter­day that the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the DPP and China should be cen­tered on sin­gle top­ics, in­clud­ing city to city ex­changes. “The in­ter­ac­tion should be com­mon and less ide­ol­o­gy­ori­ented; al­low­ing both sides to progress in a pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship and di­rec­tion,” said Yao.

Yao also pointed out that, in or­der to win the up­com­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tions next year, the DPP will be fo­cus­ing on prac­ti­cal cross- strait poli­cies to lower the risks that would jeop­ar­dize Tai­wan and China’s re­la­tion­ship.

“This would also boost the eco­nomic devel­op­ment within Tai­wan, some­thing the peo­ple will see and feel for them­selves. In the wake of th­ese changes, the Kuom­intang’s cross-strait poli­cies will fail to work,” said Yao.

Sen­si­tive top­ics should be avoided in the party-to-party in­ter­ac­tion, Yao added.

Al­le­ga­tions sur­faced in 2014 point­ing out that Chao or DPP Chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen ( ) would be meet­ing with the TAO Min­is­ter Zhang Zhi­jun ( ), which the DPP de­nied.

Af­ter the com­mit­tee’s op­er­a­tions were put on hia­tus af­ter Tsai stepped back into of­fice last May, it was restarted once again this Jan­uary, with first meet­ings mainly dis­cussing cur­rent cross-strait poli­cies and global re­la­tions.

CNA

Clouds flow over a moun­tain range in New Taipei City in this file photo pro­vided by the Cen­tral News Agency. The Cen­tral Weather Bureau's Weather Fore­cast Cen­ter Direc­tor Cheng Ming-dean ( ) yes­ter­day shared stunning pho­to­graphs of “cloud wa­ter­falls” ( ) show­cas­ing the nat­u­ral phe­nom­e­non chang­ing colors from dawn to dusk. The pho­tos were taken by an 18-year-old high school stu­dent on a hik­ing trail, said the weather of­fi­cial.

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