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

Taipei’s mayor Ko Wen-je, a possible presidential candidate, has presented himself as someone Beijing can trust by offering himself as an alternative to the traditional mainland-friendly politicians.The independent, who was once seen as a hardline pro-independence supporter, received a warm welcome during a three-day visit to Shanghai this week after adopting what one observer described as a “nonconformist” stance towards cross-strait relations.Ko, who led a high-powered delegation of…



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