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Su denies wanting to be first DPP chief to visit China

TAIPEI--Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang denied Saturday that he wants to be the party's first leader to visit China and reiterated that the DPP will never change its belief in freedom, democracy and human rights.

Asked by reporters about a Wall Street Journal exclusive interview earlier in the week that cited Su as saying he would be willing to become the first DPP chairman to visit China, Su replied that he said no such thing.

What he did say is that he would be willing to visit China in his capacity as the DPP's chairman if the time is ripe and China does not set any conditions or restrictions, he said.

"But currently, I have no such plans or expectations, nor have I received any invitation," he said.

When asked about the Wall Street Journal report of the interview published on the media outlet's website Aug. 1, which said the DPP will remain committed to its pro-independence stance, the new DPP chairman - elected May 27 - reiterated that his party sees Taiwan as a country with independent sovereignty.

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