Democratic Progressive Party

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is a major political party in the Republic of China, commonly known as Taiwan. It has traditionally been associated with the Pan-Green Coalition and de jure Taiwan independence movement, although it moderated its stance during its tenure of the ROC presidency. The DPP is a member of Liberal International and a founding member of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats. It represented Taiwan in the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation. While the DPP is sometimes classified as liberal and its opposition as conservative, these classifications do not necessarily correlate to views regarding such issues as economic policy or the role of government in society. Generally speaking, there is little distinction of Left-right politics in Taiwan as the mass media in Taiwan rarely mentions the Political spectrum. The DPP has its roots in the liberal opposition to the Kuomintang's former one-party rule structure (officially the Tangwai - or "outside-the-party" - movement). This movement culminated in the formation of the DPP on September 28, 1986 to contest the Republic of China legislative election, 1986, although the nascent party remained
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