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DPP's Su expresses willingness to visit China

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) recently expressed during an interview with a local magazine his willingness to visit mainland China as the head of the biggest opposition party in Taiwan. He would also be willing to show Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (溫家寶) around Taiwan, if Wen were to visit the island after retiring, Su said.

DPP Will Maintain Its Position on Taiwan

“It's not like DPP members shout out 'Long live the Republic of China (R.O.C.)! Long live Taiwan!' the minute they get off the plane when visiting China,” Su said. Taiwan's biggest opposition party does, however, insist on its “values and beliefs;” there is nothing that Chinese authorities could do to make the DPP changes its mind, he said.

The Chinese government keeps telling the world that there is only one China and that Taiwan is a province of China — it even requested that the R.O.C. flag be taken down when they sent pandas to the Taipei Zoo; “it is not as if pandas would understand what flags are for,” he said.

The DPP has clear-cut views on the subject of Taiwan's individuality, the chairman asserted. It would make no sense at all for Taiwan to give up its beliefs and values for the sake of taking part in commercial exchanges with the economically powerful country across from the Taiwan Strait, he said.

Taiwan, China Should Get to Know Each Other Better

Su said that he would be willing to visit China if he is allowed to visit as chairman of the DPP. It is necessary for the DPP to interact with China and to understand it more; China should also be exposed to Taiwan from non-Kuomintang perspectives, Su said.

It is crucial for Taiwan and China to maintain positive relations; China is not only the world's second-biggest economy, but also home to many Taiwanese. Su stresses that he would adjust the DPP's cross-strait policies, and one step he might take is to accompany Wen if he were to visit Taiwan after retiring.

He, the “former Taiwanese premier,” would gladly show Wen, the “former Chinese premier,” around Taiwan, Su promised.

Even Good Friends Argue

Even best friends and couples get into arguments; there has been some harsh feelings between him and former Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), Su admitted during the interview with Global Views Monthly Magazine (遠見雜誌).

He and Hsieh are good friends, despite the fact that they are not really getting along now, the DPP head said, likening the situation to two vehicles crashing in an alley as they run in the same direction.

Regarding his past comment of how “cunning” Hsieh is, Su said he must have hurt Hsieh and will take measures to make it up to Hsieh.

“I have changed over the years,” Su commented.

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