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Meetings with foreign envoys boost understanding: mayoral hopeful
Central News Agency
2014-08-12 10:33 PM
Taipei, Aug. 12 (CNA) Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je said Tuesday that he met with envoys from the United States and Britain recently in a bid to enhance understanding between Taiwan and other countries. He made the remarks amid media reports that Christopher J. Marut, director of the American Institute in Taiwan, and Chris Wood, head of the British Trade & Cultural Office, had called on him recently. Out of deference to protocol, Ko did not disclose the details of the meetings, but said they covered a wide range of issues, including cross-Taiwan Strait ties, the student-led Sunflower Movement against a cross-strait trade-in-services deal, and foreign trade. Ko, an independent who has the endorsement of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party, also spoke about his views on cross-strait policy. The outspoken surgeon said he has been to China 18 times and that the hospital staff there who are capable of performing extracorporeal membrane oxygenation have mostly been taught by him. He noted that China is already nearly the biggest economy in the world, and whether Taiwan likes it or not, it will have to face China, although the point is to maintain the country's autonomy when dealing with its giant neighbor. He said China and Taiwan should "know each other, understand each other, respect each other and cooperate with each other," and should carry out exchanges based on these premises. He also said he might visit Tokyo, Osaka and Seoul, but added that details of such trips have yet to be worked out. (By Ku Chuan, Chen Wei and Lilian Wu)
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