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DPP names point man for China contacts

DPP names point man for China contacts

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Chiu Tai-san, a former senior Mainland Affairs Council official, will be the Democratic Progressive Party’s point man for contacts between local leaders and China, reports said Saturday.
DPP chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen chaired a meeting in Taichung Saturday of the opposition group’s 13 city mayors and county magistrates who won last November’s local elections.
During the meeting, some officials reportedly wondered whether it was suitable for local DPP leaders to be pursuing contacts with and visits to China in the run-up to the January 16 presidential and legislative elections.
The meeting concluded that Chiu, who now serves as vice mayor of Taoyuan, should serve as the coordinator to design and provide information for possible contacts between the local DPP leaders and cities in China.
The veteran DPP politician once served as the No.2 at the MAC, Taiwan’s ministry in charge of relations with China. Both Tsai and current DPP Secretary-General Joseph Wu headed the ministry at various times during the administration of President Chen Shui-bian.
Chiu reportedly visited China only last year, earning Tsai’s trust when it comes to cross-straits relations, the Chinese-language Apple Daily reported.
If there was any problem in dealing with Chinese cities, the DPP mayors and magistrates should talk to Chiu for advice, Wu reportedly told Saturday’s meetings.


Updated : 2021-09-27 11:10 GMT+08:00