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Democratic Progressive Party


Established in September, 28 1986

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At an young age President Chen Shui-Bian, excelled in education. Coming from a poor family he worked hard to earn his life. He earned his scholarship and continued his education in University studying law, famous for his Kaohsiung case, he later went into politics with guidance of his mentor. He fascinates people who have listened to his speech, and it makes people have the feeling that the next generation of Taiwanese have hope. 

Democratic Progressive Party



The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was founded on September 28, 1986. Defying martial law and the Kuomintang (KMT) one-party authoritarian order, the DPP initiated a new era of rapid democratic change.  Founded mainly by family members and defense lawyers of political prisoners, DPP initially consisted of dissidents who were willing to risk their freedom and their lives to transform the political situation.

Since its founding, the DPP has been at the forefront of movements demanding social and political justice. Socially, the DPP championed social welfare policies involving the rights of women, senior citizens, children, labor, indigenous peoples, farmers, and other disadvantaged sectors of the society. Politically, the DPP has led and won the battles for free speech, free press, the freedom of association, and respect for human rights. Furthermore, the DPP has also successfully pushed forth major constitutional reforms, including the abolition of martial law in 1987, the 1992 parliamentary general elections, and the direct election of the president in 1996.

Over the years, the DPP has garnered strength through each election and political movement toward more democracy and freedom. It has grown from a party of political dissenters and exiles into the largest opposition party in Taiwan until recently given DPP's standard bearer Chen Shui-bian victory in the March 18 presidential elections thus ending KMT’s 50 year monopoly of power.

The DPP distinguishes itself from the KMT in its domestic social policies, anti-corruption stance, and effective government. Internationally, the DPP advocates greater integration into the world community, enhancing the prosperity and security of Taiwan, and helping the less fortunate.

DPP's platform includes a legal and political order based on freedom and democracy; balanced economic and financial administration; fair and open social welfare; educational and cultural reform; and peaceful and independent defense and foreign policies.



In its policy position on cross-strait relations:

  • Taiwan is a sovereign and independent country. Any change in the independent status quo must be decided by all the residents of Taiwan by means of plebiscite.

  • Taiwan is not a part of the People’s Republic of China. China’s unilateral advocacy of the “One China” principle and “One Country, Two Systems” is fundamentally inappropriate for Taiwan.

  • Taiwan should expand its role in the international community, seek international recognition, and pursue the goal of membership in the United Nations and other international organizations.

  • Taiwan should renounce the “One Republic of China” position to avoid international confusion and to prevent China from using the principle as a pretext for forceful annexation.

  • Taiwan should promptly complete the task of incorporating plebiscite into law in order to realize the people’s rights. In time of need, plebiscite can be used to establish consensus of purpose and allow the people to express their will.

  • Taiwan’s government and opposition parties must establish a bi-partisan consensus on foreign policy, integrating limited resources to face China’s aggression and ambition.

  • Taiwan and China should engage in comprehensive dialogue to seek mutual understanding and economic cooperation. Both sides should build a framework for long-term stability and peace

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