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Tsai lists three core aims after assuming chair

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) newly-elected Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) proposed three major overhauled directions for the DPP to pursue after she took the reins from former Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday.

The three guidelines are: to gear up for the upcoming seven-in-one elections, to reform the DPP's think tank and to train more capable members to support the party. "We should strengthen our grass root energy and collaborate with more citizen groups in the future," Tsai said.

Tsai appears to have dropped all grudges against Su, saying that the rumors of their competition were not able to diminish their passion for keeping the DPP going. "As a responsible political leader, one has to review the past ruling experiences ... I have to reflect on the people's expectations of the DPP, so I have listed the three major missions," said Tsai.

The first mission will be to strive and win the 2014 elections, expanding the party's relationship with the society and to move more supporters into joining future political reforms.

Secondly, Tsai will be reforming the DPP's New Frontier Foundation. Aside from collaborating and communicating with citizen think tanks and citizen groups, the party will also work to establish good relationships with Taiwanese industries and financial organizations.

Last of all, the DPP will be training talented individuals to become future political leaders; the younger generation is encouraged to join the party.

Former Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) advised Tsai to reform the ruling party, the parliament and the constitutional rule of the nation. "Many of our Constitution are like 'grandma's pajamas' that are desperately in need of change," said Lu.

"I just left the post so I understand how difficult it is to lead the DPP; a lot of issues are not solved yet as the DPP had not been able to look China in the eye and this has affected its cross-strait policies ... I have always rushed into everything but in truth, many things should be taken slowly," said Su, who added that his passion and expectations for the DPP will not wane in the future.

Team Reshuffle

Tsai also issued a management reshuffle.

One of Tsai's first moves was to replace Secretary General Lin Hsi-yao (林錫耀) with DPP's representative to the United States, Joseph Wu (吳釗燮).

Wu will also be keeping his position as the U.S. representative. He stated that he only received the news of his new position on Tuesday afternoon, and he will be doing his best in the future.

Tsai named her office spokesperson Hung Yao-fu (洪耀福) and documentary director Liao Ching-guei (廖錦桂) as the party's new deputy secretary generals, former DPP lawmaker Cheng Yun-peng (鄭運鵬) will be the future head of the media relations committee, while party spokesman Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲) will be keeping his position.

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