Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary-General Joseph Wu (å³é‡—ç‡®) yesterday left for Washington to discuss the political and economic implications of his party’s huge success in the nine-in-one elections. Wu said he is to join a discussion on Capitol Hill, where participants will discuss Taiwan-US ties following the DPP’s sweep of 13 of the nation’s 22 cities and counties. He said he expects to suggest a framework for the nation’s economic and national defense policies that would be most benefit to bilateral relations. He also plans to give Taiwanese living in the Washington area an analysis of the election results and the future role of the DPP during his six-day visit, Wu said.
Alan Romberg, director of the East Asia program at the Stimson Center, a US think tank, said he believes that China will not change its policy of seeking peaceful development in cross-strait relations despite the election results.Refusing further interaction with the DPP would be a lapse in Beijing’s decision-making because the party is gaining more political power and is set to play some role in the development of the cross-strait relationship, Romberg said.
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