BASSETERRE (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on July 15 congratulated Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) on winning the opposition Kuomintang’s (KMT) presidential primary, but said her party was determined to unite to win the 2020 presidential election.
Tsai said on the second day of her visit to St. Kitts and Nevis that she will strive to win the presidential race next year regardless of who her opponents are.
Tsai will be representing the Democratic Progressive Party in next year’s presidential election after fending off a challenge from former Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) in the DPP’s presidential primary last month.
Currently in St. Kitts and Nevis on a 12-day trip to the United States and four Caribbean allies, Tsai said recent events in Hong Kong will make Taiwan’s people understand the 2020 presidential election will determine whether Taiwan can safeguard its own democratic lifestyle.
The DPP will unite and win the race to enable Taiwanese from generation to generation to decide their future through a democratic process, she said.
Earlier in the day, the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) announced Han will represent the party in next year’s presidential race after he received 44.805 percent support in opinion polls, ahead of his closest challenger, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. founder Terry Gou (郭台銘), by about 17 percentage points.
The DPP has tried to portray Han as pro-China and supportive of the “one country, two systems” model Beijing has failed to comply with in Hong Kong.
In describing a conversation he had with Tsai while she was in New York late last week, U.S. Representative Michael McCaul said Tsai “thinks they [China] are going to interfere in her elections to get a Chinese puppet, if you will, elected.”
By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Evelyn Kao