Monday, July 29, 2013

Inching towards institutional ties

* Former Taiwan Premier and chairman of the opposition DPP, Frank Hsieh, lead a delegation of 29 scholars and business leaders to Hong Kong during June 28-July 2 for a seminar on cross-Strait relations.

* Jointly organized by Hsieh’s Taiwan Reform Foundation (TRF) and the Taiwan Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, this two-day seminar was generally viewed as the first institutional exchange between Beijing and Taiwan’s largest opposition political party—the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

* It also helps to affirm TRF’s role as the first political organization in Taiwan, outside the pan-Blue camp, that has been recognized by Beijing as a potential “working partner.” 

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