Relationship with China ‘one between friends’: Lai

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 08, 2017
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) yesterday described the nation’s relationship with China as one

Tainan Mayor William Lai, right, gestures during a radio interview in Taipei yesterday. Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

between friends, but added that he advocates Taiwanese independence.

Lai, a member of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), said his stance on cross-strait relations is clear, which is in favor of “Taiwanese independence and that stance will not change no matter what position I hold.”

However, he said his attitude toward China is friendly and his strategy is flexible, adding that he would seek common ground and put aside differences in cross-strait exchanges to enhance bilateral understanding.

He was asked during a radio interview about the differences between his approach to China and that of Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), an independent.    [FULL  STORY]

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