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DPP Secretary General Joseph Wu to visit US

DPP Secretary General Joseph Wu to visit US

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Democratic Progressive Party Secretary General Joseph Wu will leave for the United States this weekend to prepare for a trip in June by opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen, reports said Saturday.
The plans follow consternation about recent statements by former US officials about the China policies of Tsai, who is widely seen likely to win next January’s presidential election.
Wu was planning to leave Taiwan Sunday in what the Chinese-language United Evening News described as a typical preparatory trip to meet Taiwanese Americans and to arrange Tsai’s schedule.
Wu also serves as the DPP’s representative in Washington D.C., though he is based in Taipei.
Former American Institute in Taiwan Managing Director Barbara Schrage said at a seminar in the US last week that Tsai had failed to convince officials during a previous trip, before the 2012 presidential election, that she had a workable China policy. She needed to work out clearer ideas and to explain them if she wanted to travel to the US again this year, Schrage implied. Her comments were widely described, by both the DPP and AIT, as only private opinions not representing the thinking of President Barack Obama’s administration.
Contacts between Tsai and China had been developing for some time, according to the United Evening News. Last year, former Finance Minister Lin Chuan, who plays a key role at her foundation, visited China, and more recently, Taichung Vice Mayor Chiu Tai-san traveled to Shanghai. Tsai, Wu and Chiu all served at the top of the Mainland Affairs Council, giving them wide expertise in cross-straits affairs.
In a separate move, the 13 DPP city mayors and county magistrates elected last November were planning to set up local “cross-straits exchange taskforces,” the United Evening News reported.


Updated : 2021-09-23 03:00 GMT+08:00