DPP should part with Ko over China talk: lawmaker

SEPARATED:Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je has compared flailing cross-strait relations to a dispute between a married couple that could be solved in the bedroom

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 05, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) should part ways with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) for

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je speaks to the media in Taipei yesterday after returning from the Taipei-Shanghai forum in Shanghai. Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

his increasingly Beijing-friendly position, DPP Legislator Pasuya Yao (姚文智) said yesterday.

Ko on Monday concluded the three-day Taipei-Shanghai twin-city forum with the independent mayor describing Taiwan and China as “one family” and “a community of common destiny,” provoking a mixed response from Taiwanese.

Yao said Ko’s “family” and “community of common destiny” motifs are a rehash of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) cross-strait narrative.

Xi has proposed the idea of a “community of common destiny” as a new cross-strait catchphrase under the ‘one China’ principle,” Yao said, adding that Ko’s assimilation of Xi’s political language cannot break the deadlock in cross-strait relations.

Yao, who has announced his intention to run for Taipei mayor in the mayoral and city council elections next year, said he supported pragmatic interactions between Taiwan and China, but not under Ko’s framework of cross-strait relations.

Ko said both sides of the Strait, though full of disagreements and arguments, should settle differences with harmonious “bedroom” relations, but Yao questioned Ko’s plan to reconcile with China.    [FULL  STORY]

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