Jan 2006


YEAR MESSAGE....………….2

DPP LAUNCHES NEW BLOG..........................2 



democracy & progress

DPP prepares for chairman election
Candidates Profiles
Mr. Trong Chai (2): 70 years old, current DPP legislator, previously board chairman of Formosa Television, founding chairman of Formosan Association for Public Affairs, founding chairman of United Formosans for Independence, president of Referendum Promotion Association, professor of Political Science at New York Ms. Wong Chin-chu (3): 59 years old, former Changhua County Magistrate, former DPP legislator for three terms, National Assemblywoman, former member of DPP's New Tide faction Mr. Yu Shyi-kun (1): 57 years old, former presidential secretary-general, previously served as premier, vice premier,Yilan County magistrate, chairman of Taipei Mass Transit Corporation, DPP secretary-general, Taiwan provincial assemblyman Schedule of Events: Debate I - Taipei January 7, 2006 2:00 p.m. Aired on ETTV Debate II - Kaohsiung January 11, 2006 8: 00 p.m. Aired on SETN Voting Day throughout DPP nationwide branches January 15, 2006 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


International Department Democratic Progressive Party 8F, No. 30, Pei-Ping East Rd. Taipei, Taiwan t. 886-2-23929989 ext. 305 f. 886-2-23214527 e-mail: foreign@dpp.org.tw web: http://www.dpp.org.tw Director, International Department: Bi-khim Hsiao Deputy Director: Huai-hui Hsieh Editor-in-Chief: Michael Fonte Editor: Ping-Ya Hsu Eva Tseng Staff Writer

The DPP makes the following declaration after President Chen’s New Year Message on January 1, 2006: 1. President Chen said that Taiwan’s sovereignty is vested in its 23 million people, and a democratic Taiwan should not foreshadow a premise of unification. Even more, it should not occur under non-peaceful methods that force Taiwanese people to accept. The DPP believes, China instituted the socalled Anti-Secession Law during March of last year, after which one million people came out to the streets to protest against it, which signifies that 90% of the people in Taiwan are opposed to the law. We are absolutely confirmed that the people of Taiwan have the right to determine their own future, and this is the core value for a democratic Taiwan. When Ma Ying-jeou establishes unification as Taiwan’s ultimate goal, he is denying Taiwan’s sovereignty and negating the right of the people to make their own decisions. The DPP can only regret Ma Ying-jeou’s standpoint. The president, as chief defender of national security, takes a long-range view in cross strait, economic and trade affairs. The DPP believes that under circumstances that Taiwan is in need of defending itself because of the possibility of military threat from China, the pan-blue camp needs to stop their government boycott and allow for the arms budget to pass. In regards to President Chen’s policy of “proactive liberalization and effective management”, the DPP believes that foreign investment for Taiwanese companies should not focus entirely on China, but companies should take a comprehensive global approach, which ultimately, is most beneficial for Taiwan’s national interest. President Chen issued his future plan in his next two years of presidency, which includes: reforming improper assets obtained by political parties, fair taxes and retirement benefits, constitutional, financial and media reforms. Neither an election loss nor difficulties raised by opposition parties are going to stop the DPP from pushing for reform. The DPP will continue persisting in reform because we know that reform is never easy, and that is why we must




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Vice President Lu as DPP acting chairperson
“I personally announce that I will not run as a candidate for the chairmanship election, and my sole responsibility lies on making sure that we have a fair election. I hope that in this election, the DPP is able to produce a capable and an outstanding leader that can push forward the spirit of the DPP, which is to reform and to promote ‘Taiwan consciousnesses’. I, standing as acting chairperson of the party, hope to work together with fellow party members in raising the values of the DPP as well as uplift the soul of our party.”

- Vice President Annette Lu, DPP acting chairperson

Vice President Lu Hsiu-lien (Annette) was appointed acting chairperson for the DPP after the DPP’s election loss on December 3. She has since then visited the party headquarters not only weekly for the Central Standing Committee meetings, but also has had meetings with DPP staff and heads of each department. On Dec. 31, Vice President Lu invited all DPP staff to East Eye Mountain in her native county of Taoyuan to welcome the new holiday season. Prior to this event, Vice President Lu also had a sit-down tea time for Lantern Festival, sharing the tradition of eating rice balls as part of the holiday treat, and at the same time, holding an informal chat with staff. The mood in the headquarters has been very good, said Secretary General Lee Yi-yiang. He says that the Vice President has conscientiously put all her efforts in creating a good environment for the party after the election, which progresses the DPP to “Go! Go! Go!”

DPP creates anti-corruption committee
The DPP has set-up an anti-corruption committee, which was officially launched on Dec. 21. The plan to create this committee was developed before the Dec. 3rd election [the DPP’s Central Standing Committee approved its creation on October 25, 2005] in order to allow the committee to investigate members of the DPP, and also opening up for the public to make any corruption charges against public officials, including executives from the top that include the president, premier, county magistrates, city mayors and legislators. Vice President Lu said the DPP hopes to maintain a clean image since coming to government, and to expand the support of the public towards the party, which is why the committee will investigate on reports submitted by the public in general and not restrict it to party members only. The scope of investigation for the committee will include: general corruption offenses, profiteering, illegal lobbying, bribery and improper benefits. The committee is comprised of seven members that will meet once a month and has the power to investigate, supervise and bring to justice if a report is proven legitimate. Honesty and clean politics is the main ideology that led to the founding of the party, just as when the Party Constitution was written, one of the main guidelines was to “eliminate corruption and wipe out special interests”. Upholding these party principles, the DPP not only received the people’s support for a green government in local counties and cities, but also the party was able to transfer power all the way to central government. Been unable to achieve legislative majority, the DPP has had difficulty in pushing for major reform, which has influenced the people’s support and trust for the DPP. Described below is the category of party members: 1. President, vice president, legislators, county magistrate, city mayors, county and city councilors. 2. Members of the DPP central executive and arbitration committees and nationwide party representatives. 3. Members appointed by the chairman at the DPP headquarters and party staff involved in political affairs. 4. Members appointed by the president, also those under special circumstances. 5. Members appointed by the premier, also those that were submitted for recommendation to the president.


Foreign brides becoming fifth largest minority group in Taiwan
The DPP’s Department of Women’s Development has been working to raise national awareness about foreign spouses in Taiwan and to promote equal rights for these new immigrants. In Taiwan, there are over 400,000 foreign brides, making them the fifth largest minority group. During August and September 2005, the DPP sponsored a “Concern for Foreign Brides” essay writing competition. The committee received a total of 31 entries from native Taiwanese and 47 from foreign brides. Using what little Chinese they had learned in school, many of these foreign brides from Southeast Asia described in their essays the difficulties in adjusting to life in Taiwan as well as their expectations for themselves and Taiwanese society. The hope is that the stories and experiences of these foreign brides will raise national awareness and help Taiwanese people be more open-minded towards them. In other respects, the Executive Yuan recently passed a law that does not allow agencies that arrange marriages between Chinese mainlanders and Taiwanese. Additionally, advertisements for foreign brides are forbidden. DPP legislator Huang Wei-cher hosted a press conference to raise an alert concerning arranged marriages with foreign brides. He reported there have been online advertisements that repeatedly advertise with catch phrases such as “guaranteed virgins” and “if they escape, replacement guaranteed”. These types of advertisements go against social norms and create a bad image of foreign brides.

DPP Secretary General Lee Yi-yiang (middle), Taipei City Councilor and Director of Dept. of Women’s Development Hsu Chia-ching (left) pose with foreign brides. The majority of foreign brides in Taiwan come from Vietnam and China, and this group is becoming the fifth largest minority in Taiwan.

Green Era: 25 Years of Taiwan’s Democratic Movement

The recently released book, Green Era: 25 Years of Taiwan’s Democratic Movement, is a record of the democratic movement in Taiwan from 1975 to 2000. The two-volume book was compiled by Chang Fu-chung and Chiu Wan-hsin, who were participants in the democracy movement in Taiwan. The first volume begins at the time of Chiang Kai-shek’s death until the end of martial law in 1987, while the second volume covers the period from Chiang Ching-kuo’s death until the transfer of power from the KMT to the DPP in 2000. The book includes over 1800 pictures, many of which were provided by democracy activists, newspaper and magazine photographers.
For more details on the book: please contact: Liao Zih-fei, 02-2735-6939