PFP chief won't accept any offer made by president The leader of Taiwan's pro-unification People First Party yesterday ruled out the possibility of forming a coalition with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party. Speaking from Washington, James Soong Chu-yu said he would neither change his stance of opposing Taiwanese independence nor accept any government post offered by the administration of President Chen Shui-bian. His remarks ended several weeks of speculation that Mr Soong had chosen to side with the DPP in exchange for a key cabinet post. Mr Soong left for the US shortly after the December 11 legislative elections, which saw his party lose 12 of the 46 seats it won in 2001, to become the biggest loser. He blamed the setback on competition from the PFP's Kuomintang allies, saying some of his supporters believed the PFP had made a mistake by joining forces with the KMT. His complaint sparked rumours the PFP might stop co-operating with the KMT, the main party in the pan-blue alliance and the biggest winner in the legislative race. Speculation about a PFP-DPP coalition holding the majority in the legislature mounted when DPP officials said there was room for co-operation between the two parties and that Mr Chen was willing to offer a cabinet post, even the premiership, to Mr Soong. Yesterday, Mr Soong said his party would continue to work with the KMT, adding that he also supported KMT legislative speaker Wang Jin-pyng's re-election bid. But he also said he would let PFP legislators decide whether a party member should run for the vice-speaker post. Mr Soong said his party would continue to push for cross-strait reconciliation and harmony within Taiwan.