DPP restarts China Affairs Committee

By Katherine Wei ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rebooted its China Affairs Committee (CAC) yesterday; however, several bigwigs were missing from the meeting. The committee’s operations were put on hiatus after DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (���^��) stepped back into office last May.

Former DPP Secretary-General Wu Nai-ren (�d�D��) and former National Security Council Secretary-General Chiu I-jen (���q��) were seen missing from the CAC’s meeting yesterday, as was Tainan Mayor William Lai (���M�w); they claimed to have full schedules. Members of the committee include Tsai, her predecessor Su Tseng-chang Ĭ�s��), former Premier Frank Hsieh (�ª���), Lai, Wu, Chiu, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (����), DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (�_�ػ�), new Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (�L���s) and Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (�G����). According to CAC head Chao Tien-lin (������), current cross-strait relations and global relations were analyzed in the meeting, as were the changes that may occur after the DPP’s numerous victories in the 9-in-1 Elections. ��The depth and scope of discussions and communication between the two sides, as well as different cities has intensified; the CAC will be discussing the establishment of cross-strait affairs systems in the counties and municipalities in which it is now in power,�� said Chao. Before the CAC meeting started, the DPP held an advisory meeting and took into consideration the suggestions of the advisory committee members. The DPP will be paying close attention to major political events, including meetings between Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi (�����a) and his Chinese counterpart Zhang Zhijun (�i�ӭx) as well as the follow-up of all items on which both reach a consensus, said Chao. The counties and cities under DPP rule will be discussing cross-strait interaction topics, as well as the cautious handling of relations with the U.S. and Japan, said Chao. ��We will be working with economic integration projects as well; proposing economic and trade strategies that will strengthen the economy-trade structures between Taiwan and China,�� Chao said.