Han, Gou vow to improve China ties, boost economy in TV presentation

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/06/25
By: Joseph Yeh and Chung Yu-chen

Left to Right: Eric Chu, Terry Gou, KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih, Chang Ya-chung, Han Kuo-yu and Chou Hsi-wei

Taipei, June 25 (CNA) The top two contenders of the opposition Kuomintang's (KMT's) presidential primary both pledged Tuesday to focus on improving the strained cross-Taiwan Strait relations and to boost the economy if elected.

Speaking during a televised forum involving various candidates, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) said cordial cross-strait relations are crucial to the survival of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

A majority of Taiwanese people support maintaining the status quo rather than announcing independence or unification with China, according to Han.

If elected president, Han said, he will promote cross-strait peace and push for the two sides to sign a cross-strait trade-in-goods agreement to boost Taiwan's economy, which he said has been sluggish under the current Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government.    [FULL  STORY]

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