TAIPEI - Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je yesterday said that mainland Chinese media reports that unanimously claimed that he supports "One China" were taken out of context.
Following a special joint interview for mainland Chinese media on Monday, China news agencies such as the Xinhua News Agency, China Central Television and the China Review quoted Ko yesterday as saying, "In our world today, no one considers that there are two Chinas. Hence, there is no problem with one China."
Reportedly, Ko made the comment when talking about what "One China" means. The mayor apparently also said that in the case of Taiwan, a lot of people remain ignorant to the meaning of the "1992 Consensus", including his former self.
During Ko's routine post municipal meeting press conference yesterday, the mayor said, "This is what I fear most, being taken out of context," in response to the Chinese reports and broadcasts.
Ko said that what he had told Chinese press was to first have China define the meaning of "One China" because the topic is brought up much too often. Ko said that the definition of a topic has always been more important to him that the label.
Ko's Transcript Differs from China
During the press conference, Taipei City Government spokesperson Lin Ho-ming additionally read a transcript of Ko's statement to local press. Ko's side claimed what the mayor had actually said was as follows: "In reality, no one considers that there are two Chinas in our world today.
"Hence, 'One China' is not the problem, but what is more important, is the definition of the so-called 'One China,' and what it is all about. That, is what the entire world is more concerned about."
The mayor went on to explain the joint interview conducted the day before. Ko said that China has been paying close attention to the Taipei-Shanghai City Forum, and is also curious about his perspective on various issues.
According to the mayor, he had told Chinese media that, "Cross-strait interaction should first respect the history between the two nations and all of the agreements that were previously signed and agreed upon.
"Both nations should also build upon the current political foundation, and mutually understand, learn from and respect each other. The two nations should also remain on good terms, so that future co-operation for a better future would be possible."
Ko went on to say that such is his view, which could be referred to as the 2015 New Point-of-View, and is open for discussion so that it could eventually become the "2015 Consensus".
Ko Declares Removal of 27 Services from Taipei Police Responsibilities
In related news, Ko passed the removal of 27 services from the responsibilities of the Taipei police during his routine municipal meeting yesterday.
Reportedly, the Taipei City Police Department recently discovered that the police are usually called upon by civilians to perform 62 duties that are the responsibilities of other departments.
Considering the amount of work the police have to do, the mayor removed 27 out of the 62 responsibilities from the police.