Chinese media threatens Taipei after mayor’s remarks

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TAIPEI: A Chinese government mouthpiece bashed Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je on Monday for advocating a “two countries, one system” formula to guide cross-Taiwan Strait relations and said Beijing should consider curbing activities with the city. The Global Times, a unit of the the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China, the People’s Daily, suggested that China suspend a cross-strait city forum and boycott the 2017 World University Games in Taipei because of Ko’s remarks, made in an interview with US journal Foreign Policy last week. In an editorial published Monday, the Global Times said Ko’s predecessor recognized the “1992 consensus” and if Ko were to ignore this political bottom line, there would be no political basis for continuing to hold the city forum.

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