TAIPEI (CNA) — New Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) said on Jan. 2 that while he hopes to establish cooperation with China, such exchanges will be limited to trade and economic matters.
Han said he will maintain the administrative boundaries and the authority of the city government and will not seek to engage in exchanges with China on the military, diplomatic or national defense fronts.
His comments followed President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) proposals Tuesday to put forth “Four Musts” as the basis for moving relations between Taiwan and China in a positive direction and to establish a three-part security network for cross-strait exchanges.
In her New Year’s Day address, Tsai said cross-strait negotiations must be carried out between governments or government-authorized agencies.
Asked about Tsai’s government-to-government proposal, Han said Kaohsiung has clear goals for the development of cross-strait exchanges.
Kaohsiung wants to develop exchanges with China on bread-and-butter matters such as trade, which will improve people’s wellbeing, said Han, who campaigned on a platform of building cooperation between the southern city and China.
He said the local government heads in Tainan, Taoyuan, and Pingtung are also considering joining with Kaohsiung to promote cross-strait exchanges.
By Wang Shwu-fen and Evelyn Kao