DPP looks forward to dialogue with Chinese leaders

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DPP looks forward to dialogue with Chinese leaders

Taipei, Oct. 25 (CNA) Taiwan's governing party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), is looking forward to dialogue across the Taiwan Strait to avoid any misunderstandings and misjudgments in maintaining cross-strait peace, a DPP spokeswoman said Wednesday.

DPP spokeswoman Wu Pei-yi (吳沛憶) said her party remains committed to dealing with cross-strait issues and looks forward to conducting dialogue with China's new leadership following the conclusion of the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC).

The 19th CPC Congress ended on Tuesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping emerging more powerful than ever after a leadership reshuffle and no apparent successor in place.

In a speech at the meeting, Xi maintained Beijing's stance on Taiwan, opposing Taiwan independence and saying that the two sides can hold a dialogue if the "historical fact" that the two sides both belong to one China is recognized, something the DPP is not willing to do.

Yet, Wu told reporters after the DPP's Central Standing Committee meeting that it looked forward to engaging in dialogue with these new leaders to jointly protect the peace in the Taiwan Strait.

The DPP, according to Wu, said cross-strait politics should not infringe upon the welfare of the peoples on both sides, and they should do their best to maintain cross-strait exchanges and other rights, including the Taiwanese public's right to determine their own future.

Though emphasizing that Taiwan will not return to an age of resistance, the DPP also said that Taiwan will not cave under pressure from Beijing, she reiterated.

Given that this year marks the 30th anniversary of people-to-people communication across the Taiwan Strait, the party hopes that the two sides can remember how far they have come on cross-strait relations and work together to preserve the peace.

(By Fan Cheng-hsiang and Kuan-lin Liu)

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