Taiwan News: Vice presidential hopeful reveals clip of Shanghai speech backing Taiwan independence

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Responding to questions from the Kuomintang (KMT) camp over his visit with a Chinese Communist Party official in Shanghai five years ago, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice presidential candidate William Lai revealed an astonishing video at a press conference on Monday (Dec. 23).

The video shows Lai discussing the DPP’s pro-independence ideas, the document “Resolution on Taiwan’s Future,” which was ratified by the party in 1999, and the country’s direct election of its president, which is absent under China’s communist regime, in front of Fudan University students and faculty members back in 2014.

On Monday, Lai emphasized that he had visited Shanghai as the mayor of Tainan and met only city-level officials at the time.

“What makes Kaohsiung Mayor and KMT presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu’s (韓國瑜) Hong Kong trip controversial is that he chose to enter an institution promoting “one country, two systems” in addition to meeting Chinese Communist officials in a closed-door meeting. My trip to Shanghai was a city-to-city exchange, and that’s all,” Lai emphasized.

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