Sunday, 09 July 2017 06:00

    William Lai says he still supports Taiwan independence

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    TAIPEI, Taiwan — William Lai (賴清德) has continued his tap dance to court centrist support while holding on to his more strongly pro-independent base.

    In a radio interview Friday morning with Hit FM, the Tainan mayor appeared to try to reassure the base, saying that while he was comfortable with close cross-strait ties, he still supported Taiwan independence.

    "I stand for Taiwan independence. No matter what position I am in, I will not change this stance, this ideal," the Democratic Progressive Party mayor said.

     "But my attitude is very friendly and amicable toward mainland China. Our strategy is very flexible and nimble — it's about seeking common ground while preserving differences, and then engaging in exchanges through which we enhance our mutual understanding."

    Lai, who is believed to harbor presidential ambitions, has made overtures to centrist and even blue supporters in recent months by repeatedly citing the need to "extend a hand of friendship to China."

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