Taiwan presidential favorite says peace talks with China ‘inevitable’

President Tsai’s cross-strait policy is mistaken, Kaohsiung Mayor Han says

Nikkei Asian Review
Date: February 22, 2019
By: Lauly Li, Nikkei staff writer

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan — The favorite to win Taiwan’s presidential election next year has hit out at

Han Kuo-yu, mayor of the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, on Friday laid out his views on cross-strait relations. (photo by Lauly Li)

incumbent Tsai Ing-wen’s “wrong approach” on relations with China, saying that the island should enter peace talks with Beijing.

Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu, of the China-friendly opposition Kuomintang (KMT), told foreign journalists on Friday that it was “inevitable” for Taiwan to negotiate a peace treaty, while warning that time was running out.

“Taiwanese people have less and less time to avoid discussing a peace treaty [with Beijing],” said the mayor who came to office just two months ago. “Why? Because the dynamics of cross-strait relations are becoming more and more volatile.”

Han did not expand on what a treaty would entail and did not explicitly say whether signing a treaty with China implied that he would seek recognition of Taiwan’s diplomatic status.    [FULL  STORY]

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