Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je is planning a nine-day trip to the United States next month. Photo: AFP

Popular Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je goes to Washington as Taiwan’s presidential hopefuls mull 2020 run

  • Independent politician will have to reassure US officials about his cross-strait intentions to secure American backing, observers say
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Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je is planning a nine-day trip to the United States next month. Photo: AFP
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Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung covers major news in Taiwan, ranging from presidential and parliament elections to killer earthquakes and typhoons. Most of his reports focus on Taiwan’s relations with China, specifically on the impact and possible developments of cross-strait relations under the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party and mainland-friendly Kuomintang governments. Before starting work at the South China Morning Post in 2006, he wrote for Reuters and AFP for more than 12 years.