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Frontrunner for Taiwan President Pledges Improved Ties With China

  • Ex-New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu sets out agenda in interview
  • Accuses President Tsai Ing-wen of stoking tensions with China
Eric Chu
Eric ChuPhotographer: Maurice Tsai/Bloomberg
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Leading Taiwan presidential candidate Eric Chu pledged to improve ties with China, casting his potential rematch against incumbent Tsai Ing-wen as a chance to reset ties with the mainland.

Chu, who lost to Tsai in the 2016 election, accused the president of stoking tension with China at the expense of economic growth. The former New Taipei city mayor said he would work to deepen communication with the Communist Party in Beijing without compromising the island’s commitment to democracy.