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DPP delegation presents party's China policy to EU

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The ideals and policies Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) shared with European Union (EU) members yesterday were well-received, the DPP's Department of International Affairs Director Liu Shih-chung (劉世忠) said.

Su paid a visit to the EU Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium to share the party's goals and discuss Taiwan's regional safety and cross-strait policies with think tanks founded by different countries and EU councilors. Both Liu and the DPP's former representative to the United States, Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), were part of Su's delegation to Europe. The group met with the councilors on Wednesday and later dined with Taipei's representatives to the EU.

According to Liu, Europeans regard cross-strait policies under a so-called “regional safety structure,” a similar outlook to the DPP's. The individuals who met Su asked questions on issues including the situation of the East China Sea, the South China Sea and China's plans for the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone, and complimented the DPP's policies being “pragmatic,” Liu added.

Su also explained that regarding the trade and economical relationship between Taiwan and China, the DPP supports free trade. “The DPP does not oppose trade between the two sides, but negotiations should be clear, transparent and fair. Taiwan has to finish well-rounded evaluations and communicate with its people first,” Su noted.

The two sides of the Strait are not engaged in a normal relationship, and the cross-strait service trade agreement — which is still being debated — has its share of unequal elements, Liu said.

Su also used many examples, pointing out that the DPP is not opposing China, nor is it opposing just for the sake of opposing.

January 24, 2014    Mordrake@
If the DPP think that "Europeans regard cross-strait policies with a similar outlook to the DPP's" then why do they completely reject any notion whatsoever of a regional union with China? Or some kind of economic block whereby everyone gains face?

Instead, they keep pushing this zero-sum game of all out Independence or nothing. I'd be the happiest person if Taiwan could get all out Independence, but not at any cost.

We need a 'third force' - something to break this terrible hegemony of the green-blue monopoly of power.
January 27, 2014    edann77@
"Su also used many examples, pointing out that the DPP is not opposing China, nor is it opposing just for the sake of opposing."

Really?!? What is it? Instead of presenting their position to a foreign entity, maybe they should make it clear to the people of Taiwan.

And can anyone really object if they're presented with a blank piece of paper?! lol...
January 29, 2014    carltanong@
Ohhhhh....DPP croc's Su flapping now in the Atlantic ocean and reach the EU dry land flapping with his big 4 foot and swinging flapping his long tail and opening his mouth with big tooth.

Su the croc's now go international. But like last year when he flapping into the land of PH. Su received with a very dry welcome. Hehe. StUpid croc's.
February 1, 2014    Fierce_ming@
Soon Taiwan will eventually reunify with China. I can't wait to see Chinese reunification.
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Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), right, holds up a Chinese New Year scroll with Tung Kuo-yu (董國猷), Taiwan's representative to the European Union (EU) in Belgium, yesterday. Su, currently on a trip in Europe, met the representative and several EU councilors to discuss the DPP's values and cross-strait policies. (CNA)

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