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DPP backs city chiefs meeting with Chinese counterparts: spokesman

DPP backs city chiefs meeting with Chinese counterparts: spokesman

Taipei, Aug. 19 (CNA) The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is happy to see mayors and county heads engage in exchanges with their Chinese counterparts, regardless of the content or format of the exchanges, DPP spokesman Cheng Yun-peng said Wednesday.
Cheng made the comment when asked about Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's visit to China the past two days to attend a city forum between Taipei and Shanghai.
Cheng said the DPP was happy to see Ko as well as three DPP city councilors attend the forum and engage in exchanges.
On the content and format of the visit, Cheng said the visit was being made by the Taipei municipal government and the DPP would not comment on those aspects of the trip.
The DPP, which supports Taiwan's independence from China, has been a vocal critic of President Ma Ying-jeou's efforts to bring Taiwan and China closer together and has rejected the "1992 Consensus" supported by the Kuomintang (KMT) government to guide relations with Beijing. Because of the party's stance, it is thought to be viewed with suspicion by Beijing, which considers Taiwan a part of China's territory.
Asked if China might restrict or stop DPP city and county heads from visiting China, Cheng said he has not received such a message.
He said the DPP's Central Standing Committee has reported that the 13 cities or counties headed by the DPP will set up cross-strait units to promote cross-strait exchanges, and the party will respect the approaches they take in communicating with Chinese authorities.
Cross-Taiwan Strait relations were center stage at the Taipei-Shanghai Forum.
During a meeting with Ko on Monday, Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong spoke of the "1992 consensus," which as understood by the KMT as a tacit agreement reached between Taiwan and China in 1992 that there is only one China with each side free to interpret its meaning.
Ko did not respond to the statement, and Taipei City government spokesman Sydney Lin later said that Ko's thoughts on cross-strait relations remain the same.
Ko has said previously that he would respect agreements signed between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait and would base ties on the principles of mutual understanding, respect and cooperation.
(By Sophia Yeh and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-16 19:59 GMT+08:00