Joint press release Liberal International (LI) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP, Taiwan)

Manila, 09 November 2013

President of Liberal International (LI) Hans van Baalen MEP and Chairman of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Su Tseng-chang met in Manila, Philippines in the framework of the 20th anniversary of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (DPP). Present at the meeting were LI secretary General, 10 legislators from DPP and International affairs director of DPP.

The two leaders discussed the latest political developments in Taiwan, the prospects for Free Trade Agreement EU/Taiwan and democratic tendencies in Asia at large. Chairman Su updated President Van Baalen on the new moments with regards to the wire-taping political scandal in Taiwan, which continues to shake the political scene in the nation.

Both leaders agreed that the text of the Liberal International resolution on Taiwan, adopted at the 191st LI Executive Committee in October 2013, rightly addresses the wire-taping scandal and its consequences. The two leaders renewed their call on all democratic political forces in Taiwan, be it in government or in opposition, to fully adhere to the wording and the spirit of the adopted LI resolution.