Words matter. These are the best Ko Wen-je Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
We have to convince mainland China that a free and democratic Taiwan is more in China’s interest than reunification.
With more than two million Taiwanese living on the mainland and some 400,000 mainland Chinese in Taiwan, plus several million mainlanders visiting Taiwan, the two sides must further boost their interactions and relations.
Women who do not marry are a national problem.
For the world’s four Chinese-speaking regions – Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China – the longer the colonization, the more advanced a place is.
The rise of civic society is not a negation of politics, but marks an opportunity for the involvement of the people.
Singapore is better than Hong Kong; Hong Kong is better than Taiwan; Taiwan is better than the mainland. I’m speaking in terms of culture.
I’ve been to Vietnam and mainland China. Even though the Vietnamese are seemingly poor, they always stop in front of red traffic lights and walk in front of green ones. Even though mainland China’s GDP is higher than that of Vietnam, if you ask me about culture, the Vietnamese culture is superior.
Whatever I do, if people see me in a certain light, then they will always judge me in that light. Their impressions and perceptions will never change.
The area I hope we can learn most from Singapore is in the productivity and efficiency of its public servants.
Relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are like those of a family.
People movements have heralded a new era of Taiwan politics.
It seems like everybody is forcing me to run for president.
You have to go to other countries to realize Taipei is a place where there is diversity of thought.
I do what I like to do.
What is one China? You have to tell me what one China looks like. If a girl is to marry into another family, you have to tell her what that family is like.
When we understand and respect Beijing’s insistence on some aspects, we hope Beijing can understand and respect Taiwan’s insistence on democracy and freedom.
Cross-strait engagement must be consistent and guided by a stable policy with respect for past interaction and agreements signed by the two sides.
There’s nothing wrong with officials taking the subway. Why is this unusual? So people talked about ‘one country, two systems,’ but maybe we should talk about ‘two countries, one system’ instead. We should try to narrow the gap.
Doing the right things is more important than doing things right.
Cooperation is more important than reunification. If reunification is achieved without cooperation, it will be meaningless.
The country has been shaken up by me. I am just being myself.
What matters is the well-being of the people.