Senior DPP official heads to US for post-poll speech


TAIPEI — Joseph Wu, secretary-general of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), departed for the United States on Monday to give a speech on the implications of the results of Taiwan’s Jan. 16 presidential election.

Wu, also the DPP’s representative to the U.S., will deliver the speech in Washington on Jan. 19 at the invitation of two U.S. think tanks — the Brookings Institution and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

He will focus on the implications of the results of the three-way election won by the DPP’s candidate Tsai Ing-wen and will also meet with U.S. officials before returning to Taiwan on Jan. 22.

The DPP said it maintains regular communication with Washington and that Wu’s visit to the U.S. is a routine one.

Tsai’s victory marked the third transition of power in Taiwan’s democratic history.

The DPP also won an absolute majority in the Legislature for the first time in history by taking 68 of 113 legislative seats.