Ko ex­plains con­tro­ver­sial China ‘one fam­ily’ re­mark

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) ex­plained Satur­day that he was try­ing to show good­will to Bei­jing when he said “the peo­ple on both sides of the Tai­wan Strait are one fam­ily.”

Ko gave the ex­pla­na­tion af­ter his one-fam­ily com­ment at the re­cent twin city fo­rum of Taipei and Shang­hai drew a tor­rent of crit­i­cism from pro-in­de­pen­dence politi­cians in Tai­wan.

Ac­cord­ing to the mayor, when he made the re­mark that the two sides of the strait were “one fam­ily,” he also said “the next step will be to see the main­land’s sin­cer­ity.”

In pol­i­tics, it is not ad­vis­able to keep peo­ple at arm’s length at the very be­gin­ning, he said. It is bet­ter to show good­will first then wait and see, he added.

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