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