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Taiwan opposition picks pro-China mayor as 2020 presidential candidate

Han Kuo-yu angered some Taiwanese this year by meeting with mainland officials and signing deals with mainland cities. He once described Taiwan's full independence from China as "more scary" than syphilis.

Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party on Monday nominated the pro-China mayor of the southern city of Kaohsiung as its 2020 presidential candidate.

Han Kuo-yu beat four other contenders in the Nationalist Party primary, including the former chairman of Foxconn Technology, billionaire Terry Gou, to win the nomination.

Han, who has been mayor of Kaohsiung since November, will challenge President Tsai Ing-wen in the January contest.

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He provoked controversy earlier this year after he met with senior Chinese officials and signed deals with four Chinese cities to sell agricultural goods worth 5.2 billion New Taiwan dollars ($165 million, €149 million).

The 62-year-old has described the prospect of Taiwan's full independence from the mainland as "more scary" than syphilis. China considers the self-ruled island a breakaway region.

Tsai enters the presidential race weakened by the poor performance of her Democratic Progressive Party in local elections in late 2018.

amp/rc (AP, Reuters)

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