By: Chang Jung-hsiang, Lu Hsin-hui, Yu Kai-hsiang and S.C. Chang
Taipei, June 6 (CNA) Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te (賴清德), known for his pro-Taiwan
independence stance, has drawn attention after he told city councilors Monday that he is pro-China as much as he loves Taiwan.
Elaborating on his surprising remark, Lai said Tuesday that Taiwan indeed should be pro-China, while China should be pro-Taiwan, as both sides of the Taiwan Strait should cooperate with each other in pursuit of a common good.
Lai’s remarks drew a sarcastic comment from Lo Chih-chiang (羅智強), a close aide to former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) of the opposition Kuomintang. Lo wrote in a Facebook post: “What a rare talent Lai is! It would be a great loss for the country if he did not serve as Taiwan’s president.”
During an interview with the media, Lai said that Taiwan has no better task than to get along well with China, working with it to create peace and prosperity across the Taiwan Strait. [FULL STORY]