Nobel Prize Laureate Lee lauds Tsai

By Stephanie Chao ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Former Academia Sinica President and Nobel Prize Laureate Lee Yuan-tseh (������) yesterday commented on how he believes Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (���^��) is a much more suitable choice to become Taiwan’s president, during the third-force New Power Party’s (NPP, �ɥN�O�q) first round of political policy platforms for next year’s elections, the Central News Agency reported.

The NPP had invited Lee to the platform, themed ��creating a brighter future for humanity,�� to give a speech on developments in environmental sustainability and emissions control. Lee was asked his thoughts on the ��two contending presidential hopefuls’ ability to lead Taiwan and to create a better future for humankind�� at the meeting. Taiwan’s current likely presidential candidates include Tsai and Kuomintang Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (�x�q�W). Lee, in response, said he was more optimistic about Tsai’s abilities due to her ��vision and execution capacities.�� He will also attend a panel discussion with Tsai, to be held at National Taiwan University in mid-July.

Fielding questions from the media as to whether he will declare his backing for Tsai in her presidential campaign, Lee said ��this is not a question of declaring my support for whomever,�� but rather that there are still ��many things to discuss with Tsai,�� since as a teacher, Lee said, he hopes he can influence others through discussions. The Nobel Prize laureate further spoke about how he and Tsai occasionally meet up, and had seen one another recently. ��But the meetings are not frequent, and we sometimes bump into each other at some occasions,�� Lee said.

Lee explained that he often discussed issues such as the environment and climate change with Tsai, ��however, Tsai hasn’t thought quite as in-depth on the issues as I have,�� and this is the one thing that Lee believes he needs to discuss further with the chairwoman.

Third Force in Taiwan In a media interview before the speech, Lee commented on how the rise of the third-force parties in Taiwan is a positive sign. He is also very supportive of the younger generation who are more willing to ��do more for society.��

Most politicians, Lee explained, make compromises for the sake of votes. He is optimistic about the rising force, however, saying that ��if there is a new power putting pressure on the two major political parties, the parties will not be as likely to continue compromising.��