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Taipei, March 22 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who doubles as chairwoman of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), issued a directive Wednesday that the party should send a delegation to observe firsthand South Korea's presidential election in May to replace ousted President Park Geun-hye.
During a DPP Central Executive Committee meeting, Tsai said that the result of the South Korean election will likely influence the regional situation in Northeast Asia, according to DPP spokesman Yang Chia-liang (楊家俍).
Taiwan needs to stay on top of regional developments because it is also relevant to the country's security, Tsai said.
The president said the delegation should meet with South Korean politicians and think tank experts to conduct deep exchanges to discuss future developments in Taipei-Seoul relations.
During Wednesday's committee meeting, Lo Chih-cheng (羅致政), a legislator and director of the DPP's International Affairs Department, gave a report on an analysis on regional developments in Northeast Asia, including the possible results of the South Korean election and its possible impact, Korean peninsula security issues and relations between China and the United States.
According to a draft plan, the election observation delegation will include DPP party officials and lawmakers, who will meet with South Korean lawmakers and think tank experts to discuss bilateral relations and regional issues, Lo said.
The delegation will bring back first-hand information that will be used as reference for the government when mapping out policies on relations with South Korea, Lo said.
South Korea will hold a presidential election on May 9 to replace Park, who was ousted earlier in March over a corruption scandal.
South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn has been acting president since December, when parliament impeached Park. The Constitutional Court upheld Park's impeachment on March 10 and dismissed her from office.
(By Lu Hsin-hui and Elaine Hou)