Ex-envoy to US named policy chief as DPP reveals lineup of major posts


TAIPEI–Taiwan’s opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) announced yesterday that Joseph Wu, a former top China policy planner and former envoy to the United States, will serve as chief of the party’s policy committee.

The appointment is reportedly related to DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang’s intention to rely on Wu’s political acumen to strengthen the party’s policies on cross-Taiwan Strait and diplomatic affairs.

Wang Ming-shen, one of the party’s spokesmen, said Wu, as a former head of the Mainland Affairs Council, can assist the DPP in the area of cross-strait issues and international relations.

Lin Hsi-yao, a former minister without portfolio and a chief manager in former DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen’s presidential campaign team, will serve as the party’s secretary general, Wang said of Su’s longtime aide.

Former legislators Lin Yu-shen and Lee Chun-yee and former DPP spokesman Lin Yu-chang will serve as the three deputy secretaries-general, he added.

Lee and Lin Yu-chang are respectively confidants of former premiers Frank Hsieh and Yu Shyi-kun.

In addition, Lin Chun-hsien stays as the DPP’s other spokesman, Wang said, adding that other posts will be announced Wednesday.

One of Su’s close aides said that Su consulted many faction leaders, including Hsieh and Yu, before making the arrangements.

DPP Legislator Lee Ying-yuan, who is close to Hsieh, said that the lineup reflects Su’s effort to consolidate the party, which is known for having various factions within the organization.

Legislator Lin Chia-lung, a close aide of Yu, said the lineup can help the party in the seven-in-one local elections in 2014 and ensure smooth communications between the party and its legislative caucus.

Tuan Yi-kang, another DPP legislator, said the appointments include people from all factions in the party and that he is confident such an arrangement can help integrate ideas within the party.