The China Post news staff with CNA
The China Post news staff with CNA–The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) needs to understand mainland China — not just the “economic China, but the China of the common people” — party chairperson candidate Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said yesterday in Kaohsiung. “The DPP needs to walk toward the world, to face the world, and to face mainland China,” Su said during the first of three televised debates among the five candidates for chairperson of the DPP. The five candidates are former DPP Legislator Chai Trong-rong (蔡同榮), former Tainan County Magistrate Su Huan-chih (蘇煥智), former DPP Chairman Hsu Hsin-liang (許信良), former Vice Premier Wu Rong-i (吳榮義), and former Premier Su Tseng-chang. The DPP must gain understanding of the economic and human sides of mainland China, Su further said, adding that the party must also give China a chance to learn more about Taiwan.
Mainland China must know that Taiwan has a political party that is “truly representative of the native soil,” he further stated. Su stressed that throughout bilateral discourse with China, Taiwan cannot give up its core values of “freedom, democracy, human rights, and agency of the people.”The future of Taiwan’s population must be determined by a national consensus, he said. Candidate Su Huan-chih said that the DPP should establish a platform for rational debate and discussion on the party’s cross-strait policy. Chai Trong-rong took the DPP hard-line, reiterating that the party should maintain its commitment to preserving Taiwan’s identity and safeguarding its de facto independence. Road to 2016