Han to open Kaohsiung to Chinese buyers

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 27, 2018
By: Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter
Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) has come under fire for saying on Tuesday

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu gestures during an interview in Kaohsiung on Monday.
Photo: Chang Chung-yi, Taipei Times

that he would allow Chinese to buy real estate in the city.

Han made the remark during an interview with the Chinese-language Want Daily.

He said that he plans to gradually relax restrictions on Chinese investment in the city’s housing market to improve the economy, adding that he would make his idea known to the Executive Yuan by attending regular meetings between the premier and local government heads.

Han said that he would gauge public opinion on the policy and not force it through.

However, when asked what he would do if the central government opposed the policy, he said: “What is there to oppose?”

He has been assembling a panel of experts to oversee Kaohsiung’s exchanges with China, and if the central and local governments were to spar on the city’s cross-strait issues, the central government “would have to budge,” Han said.    [FULL  STORY]

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