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More than 50 percent of Taiwanese support DPP-China exchange: poll

TAIPEI -- Over 50 percent of the respondents polled in a survey published Sunday support an exchange between the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Communist Party of China (CPC), while less than 25 percent are against it.

Some 57.1 percent of the people polled said they supported the idea of "party-to-party exchange" between the DPP and CPC, while 23.4 percent were against the idea, the Taiwan Thinktank said.

Around 19.5 percent said they did not have an opinion on the matter, the think tank said.

Hsu Yung-ming, convener of the think tank's poll group, said that out of the total pan-green respondents, 55.7 percent supported such an exchange.

Tung Li-wen, former director of the DPP's Department of China Affairs, said that as was the case with earlier surveys — those in favor of maintaining ties with China had outnumbered those against.

However, the percentage of people against the idea remained high, indicating that the public still had concerns about China, he said.

Commenting on the DPP's recently established China Affairs Committee, Tung said the party should open communication channels and initiate dialogue with the Taiwanese society to find a consensus within the society, as well as the party.

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