DPP gears up to fend off Chinese infiltration

Taipei, The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said Wednesday that it will hold a series of events across Taiwan to ward off Chinese infiltration into Taiwanese society, especially on campuses, starting in August.

From next month, the DPP will sponsor various sessions with rankandfile throughout the country to examine China's tactics on infiltration into Taiwanese society, DPP spokeswoman Lee Yenjong cited party Chairman Cho Jungtai as saying following a Central Standing Committee meeting.

During the meeting, Edwin Yang an associate professor at National Taiwan Normal University and an expert on Asian history, gave a keynote speech on how to prevent China's infiltration of Taiwan's higher education institutions.

Due to Taiwan's geographic proximity to China and its strategic importance, the island stands at the front of China's infiltration campaign a vital reason why Taiwan must maintain stringent vigilance against China's intangible expansion and build an aggressive mechanism to counter its offensive, Cho was quoted by Lee as saying.

According to Cho, China has spared no efforts to expand its influence in Taiwan, in particular on school campuses, since the two sides of the Taiwan Strait started privatesector exchanges in 1987.

In name of cultural exchanges, China uses a large amount of resources to develop its organizations on Taiwanbased college and university campuses, with the aim of eliminating views and comments that challenge China's claim of sovereignty over Taiwan, Cho said.

In the face of such Chinese aggression, Taiwan must build a defense mechanism based on its democratic system to fortify its democracy and freedom by stepping up collaboration between the government and academic sectors and helping students cultivate a broader international perspective, he said.

As the January presidential election approaches and at a time when some foreignbased forces have been attempting to erode Taiwan's democracy by taking advantage of its democratic system, the local society is facing a massive challenge, he continued.

To further cement the country's democratic foundation and forge a national consensus on democratic values, the DPP therefore will sponsor a series of events to explain the situation to the public and kickstart its mechanism for defending the country's hardearned democracy, Cho said.

The venues and dates of these events were not disclosed by the DPP.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel