The China Post
Date: July 8, 2017
By: The China Post
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said Friday he had repudiated a bid by a
Chinese official to downgrade the status of Taiwan’s president during the Summer Universiade.
The international sporting event for college students opens in mid-August with a ceremonial address by President Tsai Ing-wen.
Ko said Friday that a mainland Chinese official had visited Taiwan in April and asked him to arrange for Tsai to not speak onstage.
Ko told reporters that he had said, “If she does not go onstage, I will go offstage (resign).”
The official then asked for Tsai to be introduced as Taiwan’s “leader” in lieu of “president,” Ko said, adding that he had again objected.
He told local media that he had conveyed his views to the International University Sports Federation, the governing body of the Summer Universiade games. [FULL STORY]