Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party will expel two senior members for defying its ban on attending a cross-strait forum in Hunan province last weekend. The decision highlights the pro-independence party's concerns over cross-strait cultural and educational unification, analysts say. In a meeting yesterday, the DPP's central standing committee resolved to expel former DPP legislator Hsu Jung-shu and former Council of Agriculture minister Fan Chen-tzung for attending the two-day Cross-Strait Economic, Trade and Cultural Forum in Changsha . 'We recommend that the two be expelled for defying the party's ban,' DPP spokesman Cheng Wen-tsan said. 'The central advisory committee is expected to approve our recommendation next Thursday.' Mr Cheng said the DPP had repeatedly warned members against attending the forum as the talks between the Kuomintang and the Chinese Communist Party served to weaken or even replace the role of the Taiwanese government in cross-strait policy. 'The agreements reached in the meeting were aimed at facilitating cross-strait cultural unification and ultimately political unification,' Mr Cheng said. 'If we allowed our members to attend the forum we would create the impression we supported such unification.' At the end of the summit, 530 participants offered 29 suggestions, such as expanding educational exchanges and encouraging joint television and film projects. Analysts said the DPP considered the forum a move towards top-down cultural unification in the name of enhanced cultural bonds. 'What really concerned the DPP was the proposals for compiling a so-called Chinese dictionary, to unify phases used differently by the two sides, and recognising the academic qualifications obtained in China,' said political commentator Yang Hsien-hung. The pro-independence camp had said the dictionary was the first step towards cross-strait unification.