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DPP lawmaker proposes cross-strait interaction strategy

TAIPEI -- The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) should proactively interact with China on the basis of democratic values and be a part of the mainland's peaceful transformation into a more democratized society, party lawmaker Lin Chi-lung said yesterday.

Calling his proposal a "strategy of democracy," Lin said the party should consider the creation of a mechanism for interactions between the DPP and the Communist Party of China, and play a role in pushing forward China's democratization.

Lin's suggestion came at a time when the DPP is reviewing and debating its China policy after the party lost the Jan. 14 presidential election. There has been a lack of official dialogue between the DPP and Chinese authorities due to the DPP's pro-independence stance, which China views as the main obstacle to a change in the relationship.

DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang proposed to set up a committee and revive the party's department for China affairs after he was elected to the post in late May.

Recent events in China — including the removal of Bo Xilai, a former Communist Party chief in Chongqing, and a protest against local officials in Guangdong's Wukan — indicate changes in the country's political system and society, Lin said.

These events, Lin said, may also have an impact on the country's power structure, as China is expected to begin a leadership transition at the opening of the Communist Party's 18th national congress later this year.

Lin, who recently took over as the chairman of the Taiwan Thinktank, a group close to the DPP, is leaving later Thursday on a 10-day trip to North America, where he has been invited to give speeches on Taiwan's future in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Silicon Valley in the United States, and in Vancouver and Toronto in Canada.

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