Warming to China at cost of US friendship ‘the height of folly for Taiwanese leader’: US media

The Washington Free Beacon warns against electing pro-China candidates in 2020 presidential election

Taiwan News 
Date: 2019/04/12
By: Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Han Kuo-yu (left) and Ko Wen-je (Photo/Han’s FB and TCG website)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In an opinion piece published on April 10, The Washington Free Beacon argued that there are two possible presidential candidates in Taiwan who are “dangerously pro-Chinese,” and it would be unwise for Taiwanese leaders to embrace closer ties with Beijing.

“It would be the height of folly for a Taiwanese leader to believe that China is a friend, let alone family, and therefore warm to Beijing at the expense of the island’s friendship with the United States,” wrote the commentary, titled “Why Taiwan’s Presidential Election Is so Crucial.”

Citing the remarks by the independent mayor of Taipei Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) that “the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are one family,” the article reckoned that Ko has strived to avoid criticizing China and seemed to project Taiwan as a “helpless victim” confronted by Chinese aggression.

Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), the member of KMT who is mulling a presidential run and who recently visited Hong Kong and met Chinese officials during his controversial trip, has also been seeking to forge friendly ties with China. Han has depicted Taiwan and China as partners in an arranged marriage, who had “fallen madly in love,” said the commentary.    [FULL  STORY]

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