Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je holds a brief news conference ahead of his three-day visit to the mainland on Wednesday, where he will lead a delegation to the annual Taipei-Shanghai City Forum. Photo: Central News Agency

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je heads to Shanghai to test waters for presidential bid

  • Mainland city visit will be closely watched by political and social observers in Taiwan
  • Three-day trip seen as popularity test for potential candidate in 2020 polls
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Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je holds a brief news conference ahead of his three-day visit to the mainland on Wednesday, where he will lead a delegation to the annual Taipei-Shanghai City Forum. Photo: Central News Agency
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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.