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Anti-Chen campaigner visiting China on special mission: DPP

Lawmaker Robert S.C. Wang of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday accused Hsu Po-yun, one of the deputy chiefs of the ongoing campaign to depose President Chen Shui-bian, of going to China recently to seek instructions from top government officials there on how to "keep the ball rolling."

Wang alleged that Hsu, as a substitute for Shih Ming-teh, leader of the campaign, departed for China on Sept. 20 via Macau probably to report on the achievements of the anti-Chen campaign to top Chinese government officials and seek their instructions on what to do next.

Wang said that Hsu's current trip to mainland China involved political factors, and therefore he requested the national security authorities to collect information concerning Hsu's current visit to China and interrogate Hsu on his return to Taiwan on Sept. 27.

The DPP lawmaker said that the ongoing "one million people to depose Chen" campaign, initiated by Shih, Hsu and other organizers is a political power struggle connected to the Beijing authorities, designed to oust the elected Taiwan president.

He said Hsu's mainland trip was tantamount to Shih taking a trip to the other side of the Taiwan Strait. And therefore, Shih, as the leader of the campaign, should publicly elaborate on Hsu's ongoing visit to China, including the list of top Chinese government officials Hsu has met and the content of their talks.

In response, Hsu Po-yun, chairman of the New Aspect Art Center, said that he departed from Taiwan on Sept. 20 for China mainly to attend an Asian Culture Promotion Conference running Sept. 21-25 in Hsinzhiang, because he is one of the chairmen for the meeting. He said he would return to Taiwan on Sept. 27, adding that besides taking part in the meeting, he would spend the rest of time on flights.

Hsu said it's ridiculous for Wang to make the remarks.

Also yesterday, Chang Fu-chung, the spokesman for the anti-Chen campaign refuted Wang's remarks as nonsense, saying that Shih would certainly file a libel lawsuit against Wang.

Chang told reporters that Hsu is an artistic worker, frequently travelling across the Taiwan Strait to engage in cultural exchanges with his counterparts on the mainland.

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