PRC would pay dearly for taking Taiwan, Wu says

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 25, 2017
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter

Former vice president Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) yesterday said that Beijing, “if wise,” would want to maintain

Radio host Clara Chou, left, interviews former vice president Wu Den-yih yesterday at Hit FM radio station in Taipei. Photo: Huang Yao-cheng, Taipei Times

the so-called “1992 consensus” as there is no point of taking Taiwan by force, which would cost billions of dollars and incite Taiwanese hatred.

In a radio interview with Clara Chou (周玉蔻), Wu was asked whether he has received any calls from Beijing inquiring about his Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairmanship bid, “like former KMT vice chairman Steve Chan (詹啟賢) said he had.”

Chou was referring to Chan’s revelation on Monday last week — before he announced his candidacy for KMT chairman in the May 20 election — that China’s Taiwan Affairs Office had wanted to know whether he planned to vie for the post.

Wu said he does not know whether Beijing has concerns about the KMT election.

“I did not ask and it is not appropriate for me to ask either,” Wu said, adding that the election is an intraparty affair.    [FULL  STORY]

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