Han's China Trip Sparks Political Controversy|韓施政報告 綠議員拒一國兩制抗議
On Apr. 1, Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu gave his first periodic administrative report at the Kaohsiung City Council since he became mayor. Last week, his trip to Mainland China sparked a "one country, two systems" controversy. On Apr. 1, the Democratic Progressive Party city council caucus protested against him and this shifted focus away from his report.
Dressed in black, Democratic Progressive Party members of the Kaohsiung City Council hold up signs to protest Mayor Han Kuo-yu recently meeting with the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Administrative Region and Taiwan Affairs Office officials in China. The meetings resulted in a Hong Kong news outlet saying Han accepts "one country, two systems." DPP and New Power Party council members also questioned why he changed his itinerary at the last minute to meet with PRC officials and demanded to know what was said during the meetings.
In the past when foreign guests visit Hong Kong, they don't enter the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Administrative Region out of respect for Hong Kong's autonomy.
(Their side) arranged the meetings with the Liaison Office and SAR officials, so we went. What did we have to be scared of? Not to mention city officials and our city council delegation was there from beginning to end.
Han gave brief answers to both questions and said Kaohsiung needs to be making friends instead of isolating itself. The DPP caucus then badgered him with questions on whether he would run for president if recruited by his party.
From the 2020 presidential elections until now, it has never entered my mind. This is a hypothetical question, so I'm giving a standard answer. Do you understand? You just want to keep your options open.
Unhappy with his response, the DPP caucus said Han's answer meant he would definitely run if recruited.