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DPP’s 2009 ELECTION BATTLE: THE CANDIDATES
1. Lin You-Chang - Keelung City 2. Cheng Wen-Tsang - Taoyuan County 3. Liu Jun-Shiu - Hsinchu City 4. Peng Shao-Chin - Hsinchu County 5. Yang Chang-Chen - Miaoli County 6. Weng Chin-Chu - Changhua County 7. Li Wen-Chung - Nantou County 8. Su Chih-Fen - Yunlin Couty (incumbent) 9. Chang Hua-Kuan - Chiayi County 10.Tu Hsing-Che - Chiayi City 11.Tsao Chi-Hung - Pintung County (incumbent) 12.Lin Tsung-Hsien - Ilan County 13.Liu Chao-Hao - Pingtung County 14. Tsai Chien-Shing - Penghu County

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NOVEMBER 2009

DPP launches national ad campaign highlighting our founding values
On October 15, the DPP launched a national ad campaign highlighting the revival of the DPP’s founding values and showcasing this year’s theme for the yearend elections, which is “Honesty, Diligence and Love for our Native Land”. The ad is one minute long, shot in an entirely white setting, and using the song with a Latin title “Animosus” as its musical background. Chairwoman Dr. Tsai Ing-wen and the 14 election candidates are the main protagonists of the ad, portraying the DPP’s show of unity and solidarity. Hsiao Bi-khim, spokesperson at the ad launch press conference and director of the DPP’s Department of International Affairs, said that the Latin meaning of ‘animosus’ is courageous and passionate, which represent exactly the meaning of the DPP’s founding values. In the ad, Chairwoman Tsai and the election candidates appear to engage in the task of cleaning up an old building with dirty windows and walls. The participants are all dressed in black

and white in order to sharpen the message that the DPP is resolved to redeem the DPP’s original spirit. The ad ends with all the candidates, along with Dr. Tsai, making a bow of respect, showing that the DPP promises to fulfill the expectations of the people, and it also appeals to the public to support the DPP in facing these future challenges. The ad was launched at a press conference at the DPP’s headquarters, and it was widely publicized through various media outlets online such as YouTube, Facebook, Plurk and the candidates’ individual blogs, among others. The ad may be viewed on YouTube through the DPP’s YouTube channel, ‘dppsng’, or at http://www.youtube.com/user/dppsng.

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NOVEMBER 2009

Consistently Progressive Statement from the Oct. 18 National Party Congress
After going through more than a year of hard lessons, the roughest period the DPP has faced since our founding, we are moving away from past setbacks and starting off with new and solid steps. In the DPP’s 23 year history, we experienced victories and defeats, but relying on the power of reflection, we haven’t given up, despite our ups and downs, on our consistently progressive spirit . Being consistent progressives is our only road to success. We must have confidence in our ability to be modern day revolutionaries. We must have the faith and mission of social movements. We must use our ability to think rationally and persuasively to break out of the old blue and green straightjackets and focus our society’s energy, and we must be leaders and not simply parrot nice words. This requires selflessness and a spirit of sacrifice. At the same time, we must keep preserving our ideals, tolerance, discipline, cooperation, confidence and diversity. We must be able to convince the public that the DPP is a stabilizing force for Taiwan - the most reliable political team and Taiwan's most loyal defender. When preparing for this task, we must acknowledge that achieving political power means carrying out societal change, and not the enjoyment of power. If we cannot acknowledge this and forget the basic principles of "Honesty, Diligence, and Love for our Native Land", we are no different that the KMT. Standing on the platform of “Honesty, Diligence and Love for our Native Land”, we can set in practice the DPP’s ultimate values, which are: securing Taiwan, societal change and care for the people: • We must ensure that, given the volatile international situation in which Taiwan finds itself, we protect the independent development and the dignity of our country, maintaining our power to have critical influence and absolutely refusing to tilt towards China. • We must let Taiwan’s democratic system gain strength and consolidation. We must allow fair political competition, allowing the achievement of direct people’s power, provide for balance between the Executive Yuan and the Legislative Yuan and for the judicial process to become independent without any political interference. • We must allow for Taiwan to become modernized with a competitive governing system. We must grant local governments fair distribution of resources and the autonomy to fulfill their responsibilities, and we must also improve local government competitiveness. • We must empower Taiwan to achieve fair and sound economic governance that is capable of sustaining long-term durable economic and industrial strategies, clarifying China’s role and weight in Taiwan’s economic development. This plan would transform Taiwan into a modernized welfare state that is capable of fairly distributing financial resources and protecting disadvantaged groups at the same time. Even though the KMT’s failures have led people to be disappointed, we must fully understand that this does not necessarily mean a transfer of the people’s support towards the DPP. The people expect the DPP bring a measure of hope and good guidance, to move Taiwan along the right path and do so with honesty and competence. This time we must seize the opportunity to prove our worth and not let this fleeting opportunity slip away. Under the Ma administration, the people have already suffered greatly. The DPP vows to take on these challenges and to continue moving in a progressive direction, to prove itself once again capable, putting an end to chaos and injusPAGE 3

NOVEMBER 2009

DPP statement regarding American beef imports
The DPP, after consultations with the DPP Legislative Caucus on October 26, issues the following positions concerning the import of U.S. beef. The disappointing negotiations on US beef imports have exposed our citizens to serious health risks. As the decision was made above ministerial levels, we believe President Ma, Premier Wu and the Secretary General of the National Security Council must bear the greatest responsibility. In particular, we believe that the National Security Council, which has shown, starting last year when it yielded time and again on cross-strait issues, through the mistakes it made during the typhoon disaster relief efforts, to gratuitous concessions made on beef imports that it lacks the ability to cope with pressure and is not capable of protecting national interests as well as the security of the people. We believe that the Secretary General of the National Security Council must step down. The DPP asks for renewed negotiations between the U.S. and Taiwan, and that each side respect expert opinions based on scientific evidence in order to protect the health of the people. We firmly oppose liberalizing the import of beef parts that are at a high-risk for mad cow disease, such as ground meat, the spinal cord and internal organs. Furthermore, we require that for those beef parts allowed for importation, U.S. cattle producers undergo cattle management that meets our inspection certification standards to ensure that their production processes meet our health requirements. Even more, our Department of Health must be accountable to our Legislative Yuan, and it must be able to prove to the public that they are capable of handling quality assurance and risk management. Regarding our demand for a renewal of negotiations, we will circulate a petition seeking the support of members of the Legislative Yuan across party lines, to produce a resolution to restrain the Executive Yuan. The DPP expects that legislators from other member parties will join together to protect the health of the people. Within a few days, this issue has generated widespread public discontent. The DPP believes that the Ma administration should withdraw the decision. If the Ma administration fails to meet these expectations, the DPP will boycott the budget reviews of the National Security Council, the Presidential Office and the Department of Health as well as other relevant units. The DPP will also combine social forces and DPP governing counties and cities to mobilize our action, so as to hold politically accountable those making policy decisions

DPP Public Survey
Date: October 27-28, 2009 Sample size: 901 ‣ 72% of those interviewed said the extent of the Taiwan government’s liberalization on American beef import is too broad and it’s an inadequate policy, especially with regard to allowing the importation of beef parts that are at a high-risk for mad cow disease, such as ground meat, the spinal cord and internal organs. ‣ 71% said they do not trust the government’s promise that the strictest import safeguard measures will be placed on those beef products that could cause a public health hazard. ‣ 82% think the government should renew negotiations with the American government. (To renew trade negotiations on American beef has become a bipartisan consensus in Taiwan, with support from 89% of pan-green supporters as well as 80% of the pan-blues and 79% of swing voters.)

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NOVEMBER 2009

Liberal International passes resolution urging Ma Yingjeou to promote bipartisan politics, respect for human rights
Liberal International, the international association of liberal and democratic parties worldwide, passed a resolution appealing to President Ma Ying-jeou to start a bipartisan dialogue and to promote multiparty democracy and human rights. The resolution, titled “The World Today”, included appeals from different regions of the world with a focus on issues important to the development of democratic values and respect for human rights. The World Today Resolution was passed unanimously during Liberal International’s 56th Congress, held in Cairo, Egypt from October 28 to 31.       In the World Today resolution, Liberal International specifically addressed three issues that have raised Liberal International’s concern about Taiwan. The first issue addressed the lack of bipartisan politics in Taiwan. It noted, “with concern, that open, democratic society, together with civil liberties and the rule of law are under pressure in Taiwan due to the fact that party politics are given priority over the general interests of the country and people.” The resolution also mentioned that Taiwan was clearly lacking a bipartisan consensus on cross strait and international relations as well as the rule of law. Liberal International appealed for Taiwan to implement the instruments of ratification of two covenants on human rights enacted this May. These covenants are the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights and the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.       The second issue the World Today Resolution addressed was a congratulatory welcome to the talks held between Taiwan and China, but it urged that the dialogue be conducted in a transparent manner and on the basis of mutual respect and benefit. The resolution further stated that there could only be “peace talks when the Chinese government removes the 1,400 missiles targeting Taiwan”. Liberal International added that any change in the status quo could only take place with the consent of the people of Taiwan through their democratic institutions.       The World Today Resolution additionally mentioned Liberal International’s grave concern over the fact that Former President Chen Shui-bian was given a life sentence. It lastly appealed to President Ma to “guarantee that during President Chen’s appeal there would be no political interference and that Former President Chen would get all necessary medical attention and would be granted the freedom to read and write.”       Hans van Baalen, Member of the European Parliament and President of Liberal International, delivered a speech urging member parties to support Taiwan, which was struggling to strengthen its democracy in the face of pressure from neighboring China.       Overall the World Today Resolution called for world leaders to emphasize the crucial role of education for the realization of a liberal society. In the resolution, it said that education “facilitates progress for a society as a whole.”       For the whole text of the resolution, please visit www.liberal-international.org.    PAGE 5

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DEMOCRACY & PROGRESS
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