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DPP China Affairs Committee

The regular meeting of the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) China Affairs Committee in May has been canceled due to scheduling problems after the Sunflower Student Movement and anti-nuclear power protests.

The DPP's China Affairs Committee was set up by DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang last May to find a new direction for its ties with China.

DPP China Affairs Committee Director Honigmann Hong (洪財隆) said that after the Sunflower Movement and anti-nuclear power movement, the DPP did not have enough time to prepare for the meeting of the China Affairs Committee.

According to local reports, former Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) could be re-elected as the DPP chairperson in elections scheduled to take place by the end of this month. This has raised questions as to whether Tsai will reactivate the China Affairs Committee or replace it with other organizations.

A DPP member said that this is something that Tsai should consider after discussions with other DPP members.

Based on a local report, some DPP members said that the cancellation of the China Affairs Committee meeting was a decision made to avoid disputes.

According to the report, DPP members said that any decisions made in the China Affairs Committee meeting would become the responsibility of Tsai if she were elected. The DPP wants to avoid the impression that Chairman Su intended to make things difficult for Tsai.

Many DPP members said that canceling the meeting might be the best way to avoid another dispute within the party, according to the local report.

A member of Tsai's office said that any issue regarding the DPP's China Affairs Committee cannot be discussed until Tsai officially takes over the position of DPP chairperson.

According to local reports, the DPP established its China Affairs Committee last year, after losing the presidential election in 2012, a loss mostly blamed on its lack of policies to improve ties with a giant neighbor who sees the pro-independence party as a major obstacle to achieving its goal of uniting the two sides of the strait.

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