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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.

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