Tainan mayor urges China to ‘have confidence’ to talk to DPP

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/04/02
By: Sophia Yeh and S.C. Chang

Taipei, April 2 (CNA) Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te (賴清德) urged China on Sunday to have confidence to engage in exchanges with Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) instead of looking at the pro-independence party through the eyes of the pro-China Kuomintang (KMT).

Cross-Taiwan Strait peace is the top policy goal of President Tsai Ing-wen’s government — the same as all previous governments under former presidents Lee Teng-hui, Chen Chui-bian and Ma Ying-jeou — Lai said in a speech celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Journalist magazine.

“China should understand the DPP’s culture and its thinking, but not through the KMT,” he said, adding that if China does not change its mindset, it would never get a real understanding of the DPP — and that is the question now,” Lai said.  [FULL  STORY]

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