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Restoring Chinese affairs unit not meant to please China: DPP head

Restoring Chinese affairs unit not meant to please China: DPP head

Taipei, July 29 (CNA) The opposition Democratic Progressive Party's reinstatement of its Chinese affairs department was made to learn more about China and not to please it, DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang said Sunday. "It does not mean we have surrendered to China or that we want to please the Communist Party," he said. Instead, the July 25 reinstatement of the Department of China Affairs marked a "confident step" by the DPP to study China and to engage in pragmatic interaction with Beijing, Su said while attending an anniversary celebration for the Eball Foundation he founded. Chang Jung-kung, a former head of the ruling Kuomintang's mainland affairs department, questioned the move, saying that the name of the DPP's department suggested that the opposition party wanted "state to state" relations between Taiwan and China. Yang Yi, a spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, told CNA on July 25 that Beijing will "strongly voice its opposition" if the DPP continues to insist that Taiwan and China are two different states on each side of the Taiwan Strait. (By Sophia Yeh, Nell Shen and Alex Jiang)


Updated : 2021-10-16 13:20 GMT+08:00