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‘One China’ com­ment taken out of con­text: Ko

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) yes­ter­day said that main­land Chi­nese me­dia re­ports that unan­i­mously claimed that he sup­ports “One China” were taken out of con­text.

Fol­low­ing a spe­cial joint in­ter­view for main­land Chi­nese me­dia on Mon­day, China news agen­cies such as the Xin­hua News Agency ( ), China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion ( ) and the China Re­view ( ) quoted Ko yes­ter­day as say­ing, “In our world to­day, no one con­sid­ers that there are two Chi­nas. Hence, there is no prob­lem with one China.”

Re­port­edly, Ko made the com­ment when talk­ing about what “One China” means. The mayor ap­par­ently also said that in the case of Tai­wan, a lot of peo­ple re­main ig­no­rant to the mean­ing of the “1992 Con­sen­sus” ( ), in­clud­ing his for­mer self. Dur­ing Ko’s rou­tine post mu­nic­i­pal meet­ing press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, the mayor said, “This is what I fear most, be­ing taken out of con­text,” in re­sponse to the Chi­nese re­ports and broad­casts.

Ko said that what he had told Chi­nese press was to first have China de­fine the mean­ing of “One China” be­cause the topic is brought up much too of­ten. Ko said that the def­i­ni­tion of a topic has al­ways been more im­por­tant to him that the la­bel.

Ko’s Tran­script Dif­fers

from China

Dur­ing the press con­fer­ence, Taipei City Gov­ern­ment spokesper­son Lin Ho-ming (

) ad­di­tion­ally read a tran­script of Ko’s state­ment to lo­cal press. Ko’s side claimed what the mayor had ac­tu­ally said was as fol­lows: “In re­al­ity, no one con­sid­ers that there are two Chi­nas in our world to­day. Hence, ‘ One China’ is not the prob­lem, but what is more im­por­tant, is the def­i­ni­tion of the so-called ‘One China,’ and what it is all about. That, is what the en­tire world is more con­cerned about.”

The mayor went on to ex­plain the joint in­ter­view con­ducted the day be­fore. Ko said that China has been pay­ing close at­ten­tion to the Taipei-Shang­hai City Fo­rum ( ), and is also cu­ri­ous about his per­spec­tive on var­i­ous is­sues.

Ac­cord­ing to the mayor, he had told Chi­nese me­dia that, “Cross-strait in­ter­ac­tion should first re­spect the his­tory be­tween the two na­tions and all of the agree­ments that were pre­vi­ously signed and agreed upon. Both na­tions should also build upon the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal foun­da­tion, and mu­tu­ally un­der­stand, learn from and re­spect each other. The two na­tions should also re­main on good terms, so that fu­ture co­op­er­a­tion for a bet­ter fu­ture would be pos­si­ble.”

Ko went on to say that such is his view, which could be re­ferred to as the 2015 New Point-ofView, and is open for dis­cus­sion so that it could even­tu­ally be­come the “2015 Con­sen­sus” (

).

Ko De­clares Re­moval of 27 Ser­vices from Taipei Po­lice

Re­spon­si­bil­i­ties

In re­lated news, Ko passed the re­moval of 27 ser­vices from the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the Taipei po­lice dur­ing his rou­tine mu­nic­i­pal meet­ing yes­ter­day.

Re­port­edly, the Taipei City Po­lice Depart­ment re­cently dis­cov­ered that the po­lice are usu­ally called upon by civil­ians to per­form 62 du­ties that are the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of other de­part­ments.

Con­sid­er­ing the amount of work the po­lice have to do, the mayor re­moved 27 out of the 62 re­spon­si­bil­i­ties from the po­lice.

CNA

The Black Is­land Na­tion Youth Front ( ) and other ac­tivists are seen at­tempt­ing to oc­cupy the Pres­i­den­tial Of­fice late last night, protest­ing against Tai­wan join­ing the China-led Asian In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ment Bank (AIIB). The pro­test­ers were stopped by mil­i­tary po­lice and se­cu­rity. Sev­eral pro­test­ers were ar­rested and some were pushed back by the po­lice. Oth­ers re­mained at the north square in front of the Pres­i­den­tial Of­fice, chant­ing slo­gans.

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