DPP¡¦s Su touts
success of Manila trip on return
VALUABLE: The DPP chairman said the party¡¦s
profile had been raised and its links to overseas parties strengthened by the
trip, during which he attended a regional summit
By Chris Wang / Staff reporter
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (Ä¬s©÷) yesterday
returned from a three-day visit to the Philippines, a trip he said had boosted
the party¡¦s international exposure and reaffirmed its shared democratic values
with other Asian and European parties.
Su led a delegation that included 10 DPP legislators on the trip, the primary
aim of which was attending the 20th anniversary and annual meeting of the
Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats in Manila.
The council is an organization of liberal and democratic political parties and
politicians in Asia.
The delegation also visited the party¡¦s chapter in the Philippines, as well as
the factory of a Manila-based Taiwanese businessperson.
In a speech delivered at the meeting on Saturday, Su highlighted the phenomenon
of democracy deteriorating in several parts of the world ¡X including Taiwan ¡X as
well as people¡¦s wish to ¡§relive the ¡¥good old days¡¦ and support past regimes in
exchange for a more secure economic environment¡¨ in the face of growing
challenges brought on by globalization.
¡§In some countries, such as my own, the democratic formalities exist, but the
substance is missing,¡¨ the DPP chairman said.
That is why young democracies have to work together rather than facing the
challenges of democratization alone, he said, adding that Myanmar was a perfect
example of this, since the initiation of its political transition came as a
result of an effort that enjoyed strong international support.
Su then reiterated a proposal he made during an visit to Tokyo earlier this year
to establish a democratic alliance among Asian democracies to safeguard shared
values and common interests.
¡§The DPP advocates a peaceful resolution through diplomatic consultation to the
disputes in the East and South China seas,¡¨ he said.