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DPP chair mulling visit to U.S.: party official

2012/08/17 15:47:51

Taipei, Aug. 17 (CNA) The chairman of the major opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is planning to visit the United States later this year, most likely after the November U.S. presidential election, DPP officials said Friday.

Su Tseng-chang, who was elected DPP chairman in late May, is considering a visit to the U.S. at some point this year, said Liu Shih-chung, director of the party's Department of International Affairs.

According to other party sources, Su is likely to depart after the U.S. election at the earliest.

In the meantime, the DPP will send delegations later this month and in early September to attend the national conventions of both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party at the invitation of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Liu said.

The delegations will comprise primarily of DPP lawmakers and party officials, he added.

The party will also send another delegation, comprised mainly of city councilors and aides, to observe the U.S. general elections scheduled for Nov. 6, he said.

The DPP is currently preparing to open a representative office in the U.S. to strengthen its ties with the country, Liu said.

(By Justin Su and Kendra Lin)