Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je meets Liu Jieyi, head of mainland’s Taiwan Affairs Office in Shanghai on Friday. Photo: Handout

Possible Taiwan presidential candidate Ko Wen-je meets head of mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office

  • Taipei mayor meets Liu Jieyi at end of three-day visit to Shanghai
  • Officials agree Taiwan, mainland are part of ‘one big family’
Topic |   Taiwan elections 2020

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Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je meets Liu Jieyi, head of mainland’s Taiwan Affairs Office in Shanghai on Friday. Photo: Handout
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Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je poses for pictures with supporters on the campaign trail last November. Photo: AFP

Taipei’s ‘nonconformist’ mayor Ko Wen-je tries to paint himself as person Beijing can trust despite past stance on independence

  • Independent politician uses trip to mainland China to express support for friendly relations, saying we are all part of ‘one big family’
  • Careful positioning offers Ko a chance to present himself as an alternative to traditional mainland friendly opposition
Topic |   Taiwan elections 2020

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Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je poses for pictures with supporters on the campaign trail last November. Photo: AFP
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