3 February 2014
On January 24 former Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) visited SOAS. Mr. Su is currently the chairman of Taiwan’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and has been a central figure in Taiwan’s party and electoral politics for over three decades. The Centre of Taiwan Studies (CTS) event attracted a large audience of scholars specializing on Taiwan and SOAS students taking our Taiwan courses. He gave a 15 minute speech that focused on Taiwan’s democracy, international space and relations with China. See the English and Chinese text of the speech.
The remaining hour and a half was a question and answer session chaired by the Director of CTS, Dafydd Fell and with the Director of the DPP’s International Department Liu Shih-chung (劉世忠) interpreting. Su Tseng-chang responded to a diverse range of questions including on Taiwan’s immigration policies, the prospects for constitutional reform, DPP election strategy, his achievements since becoming DPP chairman, financial policy, how to regain trust among overseas Taiwanese, how the DPP can contribute to China’s democratization, and Taiwan-Hong Kong relations. Summary of the question and answer session (in Chinese).
This was the second visit by a former Taiwanese prime minister in two months to SOAS, following Frank Hsieh’s (謝長廷) question and answer session in December 2013.