TAIPEI (The China Post) – Kaohsiung Mayor Han Guo-yu (韓國瑜) said that “Taiwan should rely on the U.S. for defense, Japan on technology, China on markets, and ourselves on pushing through the work” during his recent trip to the U.S. Speaking at a regular press conference on April 24, the Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang (馬曉光) said that cross-strait affairs should only be discussed within the “family.”
“The 1992 Consensus is the political foundation across the Taiwan Strait, but (Taiwan) independence forces are greatly undermining the peace and stability of cross-strait relations,” Ma added.
Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou, who just announced his presidential bid, recently denounced President Tsai Ing-wen for blindly treating mainland China as an enemy and said her policies are synonymous with “populism.”
“The Democratic Progressive Party is only encouraging confrontation and inciting hostility for its own benefit. I believe that the compatriots in Taiwan can see it very clearly,” Ma replied.
Wu Qian (吳謙), spokesperson of China’s Ministry of National Defense, also condemned U.S.-Taiwan arms sales to be “completely false and dangerous” as it has heavily damaged Sino-US relations.