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Taipei mayor visits Tokyo to strengthen relations

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Taipei Mayor Chiang Wan-an, who is increasingly tipped as a future Taiwanese presidential candidate, began a four-day visit to Japan on Wednesday to strengthen relations.

The 45-year-old, who became Taipei's youngest-ever mayor in 2022 and is a rising star of Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang, is a great-grandson of former Taiwanese leader Chiang Kai-shek. Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike invited him to visit the Japanese capital when she held talks with him in Taipei in February.

Chiang will meet with Koike, members of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party Youth Division and a cross-party group of Japanese lawmakers dedicated to strengthening Tokyo-Taipei relations.

He will also deliver a speech at a city leaders' summit hosted by the Tokyo metropolitan government to share Taipei's experience in earthquake resilience and dealing with extreme climate events, according to the Taipei city government.

Local media have reported that Chiang may hold talks with former Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, but the mayor only told reporters at a Taipei airport before his departure that he will meet with "old friends" in Japan. The two met in the Taiwanese capital last August during Aso's trip to the island.

Days before his departure, Chiang told a group of Japanese reporters in Taiwan that the island and Japan have very deep historical and cultural ties and that he expects his Japan trip will help deepen exchanges between the two sides.

Chiang Kai-shek retreated to Taiwan in 1949 after suffering defeat to the Chinese Communist Party in a civil war. Taiwan and mainland China have since been governed separately.

The mainland has reacted sharply to any official interaction between Taipei and countries that have diplomatic relations with China.

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Great that Mayor Chiang Wan-an is being welcomed warmly in Japan. His parties' strong anti-Communist stance resonates well in Japan.

If his visit antagonizes and upsets the PRC - good.

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His party is pro-reunification. They tone it down during the election to gain votes or not to lose votes. Good for the opposition party.

-10 ( +0 / -10 )

If his visit antagonizes and upsets the PRC - good.

His party elder just visited Xi in China. This is the party the CCP supports not the current DPP.

-9 ( +1 / -10 )

His party is pro-reunification. They tone it down during the election to gain votes or not to lose votes. Good for the opposition party.

Kuomintang's constitution states they should have authority over China - not the Commies. Imagine how much of a better nation China would be under democracy and freedom - purged forever of the likes of thug Xi.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

Imagine how much of a better nation China would be under democracy and freedom 

Yes, the U.S. to this day still regrets withdrawing support for the KMT and laments the losing of China to the CPC.

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

Betcha China’s leaders are boiling over about that.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Good, a reunificationist..

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

Good, a reunificationist..

Re-unifued under democratic leadership. Kuomintang are, at their core, anti-Communist. 

And that will mean freedom and democracy for all China - and the removal of Xi, Communism and the CCP forever. That is non-negotiable.

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Betcha China’s leaders are boiling over about that.

No this is the party Xi supports and is the one closest to the CPC.

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