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Shanghai vice mayor to meet Ko

Shanghai vice mayor to meet Ko

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Shanghai Vice Mayor Weng Tiehui will meet Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je in a step closer toward holding a two-city forum, reports said Wednesday.
Chinese officials were reportedly reluctant to hold the forum this year because they see Ko as a Taiwan Independence supporter.
In the latest turn of events, Weng arrived in Taiwan on Wednesday and would visit the Taipei City Government and meet Ko on Thursday, the Chinese-language Liberty Times reported Wednesday.
The meeting could result in an agreement for Ko to attend the forum in Shanghai next month, reports said.
Initial reports had said that the Chinese government-level Taiwan Affairs Office demanded that Ko first declare his opinion about the “1992 Consensus” before he could be allowed to travel to Shanghai. The Kuomintang government insists on the consensus – officially “One China, Each its Own Interpretation” – as a basis for the positive development of cross-straits relations, but the opposition rejects its existence.
While Ko is known as a Taiwan Independence supporter just like the opposition, he recently again named Taiwan and China as two members of the same family. A Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman also denied that it had ever demanded the Taipei mayor should comment on the “1992 Consensus.”
Weng’s trip followed a visit to Shanghai by Taipei Vice Mayor Chou Li-fang last May. She reportedly brought Ko the news that Shanghai wanted him to comment on the “1992 Consensus,” but he reportedly said it was not necessary because he was not a candidate in next January’s presidential election.


Updated : 2021-09-22 05:50 GMT+08:00