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President Tsai pledges to strive for cross-party cooperation

2016/09/07 22:44:00

Taipei, Sept. 7 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) pledged on Wednesday to strive for cooperation among different political parties in dealing with national affairs.

Speaking at a meeting of the Central Standing Committee of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in her capacity as party chairperson, Tsai said that she believed there must be something in the country that could overcome the rivalry among the parties, according to DPP spokesman Wang Min-sheng (王閔生).

Tsai cited the presence of Kuomintang (KMT) Chairperson Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) at the funeral service of late DPP Secretary General Wang Tuoh (王拓) on Tuesday as an example, pointing out that Hung was a long-term legislator and had worked together with Wang in the Culture and Education Committee of the Legislative Yuan.

Tsai said that she had read a Hung's Facebook post in the wake of Wang's death, in which Hung paid posthumous tribute to Wang as an old comrade in arms who had cooperated with her in dealing with matters of public interest while setting aside differences between their respective parties.

"They cooperated with each other while setting aside their differences in the face of the need to conduct reforms," Tsai noted. "It was what they strove for."

The president said that she expects all political parties can cooperate in addressing the current difficulties facing the nation and work together to push forward the necessary reforms, allowing Taiwan to keep on progressing.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Romulo Huang)