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DPP says it wants to gain deeper knowledge of China

2012/09/18 21:41:29

Taipei, Sept. 18 (CNA) The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is very serious in its efforts to learn more about the society, politics and economy in China, the head of the DPP's policy-making body said Tuesday.

Any communication between the DPP and China could be broadly interpreted, which does not bode well for cross-Taiwan Strait exchanges, especially between the DPP and China, said Joseph Wu at the second in series of forums called "Face China."

The DPP would like to gain a deeper understanding of China, he said.

Meanwhile, if China wants to learn more about Taiwan, it should relax its Internet censorship rules to allow its people to see and hear the discussion of China issues by the DPP, he said.

Wu's remarks were made in response to Fan Liqing, spokeswoman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, who said after the first forum on Sept. 11 that the DPP should take a broader and more objective approach toward understanding China.

The DPP should not continue to "wear colored glasses and insist on an outdated standpoint," Fan said. Instead, the party should gradually change its stance on Taiwan's independence, she suggested.

But Wu said that if Chinese officials continue to show bias against the DPP, "cross-strait communication may turn out to be a problem."

At Tuesday's forum, Yen Chien-fa, a former director of DPP's Department of China Affairs, also suggested that DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang send outstanding youths from the party to visit China so that they can learn about the country and help prepare the party to deal with China in the future.

It is not enough to learn about China solely from information provided by scholars, he said.

The events are part of the DPP's "Open Studio" forums, which include four on China-related issues being held every Tuesday from Sept. 11 to Oct. 2.

(By Sophia Yeh and Nell Shen)
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