DPP should be pragmatic toward China: Yu
The China Post news staffThe Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) should take a more pragmatic approach when dealing with China, including establishing a new department to serve Taiwan businesspeople operating in mainland China and making the department a second-track interchange channel with Beijing, top party member and former Premier Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃) has suggested.
August 20, 2012, 12:22 am TWN
The DPP, the main opposition party, should take more practical steps in addition to conducting research for theoretical tactics when dealing with China, Yu said.
Yu said that setting up a department to help Taiwanese people doing business in mainland China will not only assist them in solving practical problems but also create a secondary vehicle to communicate with the mainland authorities.
The DPP has recently caught “China fever” with diverse opinions expressed by different party leaders.
The China issue has become a hot topic as the party prepares to resurrect its China affairs department after evaluations that the DPP's unilateral anti-China stance cost Tsai Ing-wen dearly in the presidential election held in January this year.
Assistants to Yu explained that the former premier holds the view that the China issue is a long-term strategic research subject. But the party should also take practical steps in the near term to enhance its relations with Taiwanese voters who now live and work in mainland China.
More than one million Taiwanese, including businesspeople and their families, presently live, work or study in China.
In Yu's opinion, the DPP should make greater efforts to safeguard the personal security of all overseas Taiwan businesspeople and protect their interests. Caring more about “Taishang” — Taiwan businesspeople working in mainland China — and giving them more help will also beef up the DPP's connections with Taiwanese working in other countries.
Closer ties with businesspeople abroad, including Taishang, will have the side benefit of indirectly improving communications with authorities in foreign nations, including China, said assistants quoting Yu.
Meanwhile, instead of sticking to ideological debates and boycotting government policies, the DPP should work harder to present feasible and effective measures as early as possible to help Taiwan cope with the current economic downturn as the administration of the ruling Kuomintang is still unable to turn around the nation's economic development, said Yu through his assistants.
Separately, the DPP will hold an open forum called Open Studio starting Aug. 21 at the DPP headquarters for young party members and the public to exchange their views on the four major issues involving China, youth affairs, economic development and government reform.
The open discussions will be held on every Tuesday and aired via the Internet for participants to take questions online from people who can also express their views.