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Opposition DPP official to meet with Taiwan's China investors

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) official is prepared to meet with Taiwan's China investors for a meal this Thursday, in what the latter has called a "historic first."

Chairman Samuel Kuo (郭山輝) and other members of the Association of Taiwan Investment Enterprises on the Mainland (全國台灣同胞投資企業聯誼會) are in Taipei this week to attend a Kuomintang (KMT)-sponsored public hearing.

DPP Legislator Kao Jyh-Peng (高志鵬) confirmed to local media that he is to attend Thursday's hearing at the Legislative Yuan and to have dinner with the business interests afterward.

The opposition party's gesture of outreach is a historic first, said a member of the China-based business chamber on condition of anonymity.

As a demographic, Taiwanese investors in China have tended to swing blue.

But they are "not necessarily an iron ballot for the KMT," posted DPP Legislator Hung Chih-kun (洪智坤) to his Facebook page late Tuesday.

"In the end, it will depend on how the DPP interacts with them," Hung said, urging his party to seize the upcoming opportunity for interaction.

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