The Democratic Progressive Party, Taiwan’s first opposition party, was founded in 1986 to challenge the one-party authoritarian rule of the Kuomintang. The DPP is committed to political change, supporting freedom of speech, press, assembly and association. In the 2000 presidential election, DPP candidate Chen Shui-bian’s victory ended more than half a century of Kuomintang rule in Taiwan.    

Return of Chen Shui-bian a dilemma for opposition party in Taiwan

Chen Shui-bian, seen crawling to the funeral house of his late mother-in-law last year, attempted suicide on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

A decision to reinstate Chen may prove to be too difficult to make for the pro-independence party, given that any misstep could intensify the rift in the party between pro- and anti-Chen forces and affect its chances in next year's local government polls and the 2016 presidential election.

Wednesday, 5 June, 2013, 3:52am

DPP's Chiu Yi-ying's kick on justice minister's door causes political stir

Chiu Yi-ying kicks the office door of Taiwan Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu. Photo: SCMP

While Chiu Yi-ying, of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, could face a lawsuit, analysts said her action could best explain why Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has been able to avoid becoming a lame duck, despite mounting criticism of his administration.

30 Apr 2013 - 7:04am

Former Taiwan premier's Chinese weibo account deleted (updated)

Hsieh Chang-Ting's deleted weibo account. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Former Taiwan premier Frank Hsieh Chang-Ting is probably the first heavyweight from the Democratic Progressive Party with his own fan club on the Chinese mainland.

21 Feb 2013 - 12:23pm

Lamma ferry crash crew may face charges of manslaughter

Clive Grossman, left, representing Hongkong Electric and the crew of Lamma IV, at the start of the inquiry yesterday. Photo: Felix Wong

Crew members of the two vessels in the deadly crash off Lamma Island on October 1 could face serious charges, including manslaughter, the chief prosecutor told a commission of inquiry yesterday as he applied to adjourn part of the hearing to next month.

6 Dec 2012 - 8:23am

DPP chief Su Tseng-chang's effort to bridge Taiwan Strait falls flat

DPP chairman Su Tseng-chang. Photo: Reuters

Moves by Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party to form a "China affairs committee" appear to have backfired.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:31am

Calls for independent chief prosecutor for Hong Kong rejected

Kevin Zervos

The chief prosecutor has dismissed suggestions that there is a pressing need for Hong Kong to have an independent director of public prosecutions (DPP). Kevin Zervos SC said it was "too simplistic" to call for an independent DPP without looking carefully at how the post would function.

6 Nov 2012 - 11:41am 1 comment

DPP says upskirt pics and intimate shots may need to be banned

Kevin Zervos: 'Maybe we need an offence provision that deals with a violation of someone's intimate privacy.' Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The city may need specific laws to deal with intrusions of people's "intimate privacy" that are separate from common law offences such as outraging public decency, the chief prosecutor says.

6 Nov 2012 - 3:28am

Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou urged to give to charity over missed targets

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou

First came the suspension of year-end bonuses for retired public employees, a benefit that opposition politicians argued was unfair when so many Taiwanese are short on cash. Then came cuts to lawmakers' allowances, as well.

3 Nov 2012 - 3:20am

DPP reaches out to Beijing while trying to stay true to party faithful

Frank Hsieh with his wife Yu Fang-chih (left) as addresses Chinese media during a visit to Dongshan Island, Fujian province. Photo: AFP

Ever since President Ma Ying-jeou won re-election by defeating Tsai Ing-wen, the Democratic Progressive Party has been agonising over how to mend fences with Beijing so as to have a chance to regain power in Taiwan.

24 Oct 2012 - 5:09am

Frank Hsieh's party hoping he can meet top Beijing official

Former Taiwanese premier Frank Hsieh Chang-ting. Photo: AFP

All eyes are on whether former Taiwanese premier Frank Hsieh Chang-ting will be able to meet senior mainland official Jia Qinglin in Beijing this weekend.

Asked whether he would meet Jia, Hsieh said he was not sure if the meeting would take place. "Arrangements are still being made over who I shall meet in Beijing," he said.

6 Oct 2012 - 10:23am 1 comment

Taiwan's new Mainland Affairs Council chairman fails photo test

Wang Yu-chi

Taiwan's new top official for cross-strait affairs took his oath of office yesterday, but was immediately attacked by the opposition for failing to identify photos of most of Beijing's top politicians.

3 Oct 2012 - 4:41am

DPP's Frank Hsieh on icebreaking trip to mainland

The DPP clique Frank Hsieh (centre) leads frames the Taiwanese party's cross-strait policy. Photo: AFP

An "icebreaking trip" to the mainland by Taiwanese opposition heavyweight Frank Hsieh Chang-ting, which begins tomorrow, will help his party find a long-term and stable direction for its cross-strait relations policy, analysts in Beijing and Taipei said.

3 Oct 2012 - 1:42pm

Frank Hsieh of Taiwan's opposition DPP announces mainland China visit

Taiwan's former premier Frank Hsieh Chang-ting. Photo: AFP

Taiwan's former premier Frank Hsieh Chang-ting yesterday announced a planned trip that would make him the most senior politician from the island's Beijing-sceptic opposition party to visit the mainland.

2 Oct 2012 - 5:13am

Taiwan ex-PM Frank Hsieh plans ‘ice-breaking’ Beijing visit

Former Taiwanese premier Frank Hsieh said on Monday: “The purpose of the [mainland] trip is to build mutual trust.” Photo: AFP

Former Taiwan premier Frank Hsieh on Monday announced plans to visit the mainland, a trip that would make him the most senior politician from the Beijing-sceptic opposition party to make such a visit.

The trip, described by local media as “ice-breaking”, came amid debate in the party about whether to change its Beijing policy.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Taiwan's main opposition DPP warming to Beijing

A flurry of mainland visits by prominent members of Taiwan's main political opposition group this month reflects what some analysts say is a softening of the pro-independence party's anti-Beijing stance.

16 Aug 2012 - 4:23am