The head of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT), Johnny Chiang (江啟臣), expressed his disagreement on the future of the opposition party on Wednesday.
The KMT chairman was responding to Chinese scholar Li Yi (李毅) who said in a recent video that the pro-unification forces in Taiwan have been eradicated since the 2020 Presidential Election.
According to the scholar, Taiwan will move towards a total pro-independence stance on cross-strait relations by 2024.
According to Li Yi’s prediction, Vice President Lai Ching-te (賴清德) and Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) will vie for the DPP presidential nomination in 2024, representing Taiwan’s pro-independence forces and eventually win the election.
As for the KMT, he believes that KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang is ambitious to represent the party in the next election, while New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-Yi (侯友宜) is currently the candidate with the highest approval rate among the blue camp.
Li Yi also mentioned Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), Eric Chu (朱立倫) and Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安) who are seen as potential candidates too.
Nonetheless, he believes that in any case, the 2024 election is going to turn out in favor of the pro-independence movement given that the pro-unification support has been completely eliminated.
Johnny Chiang disagrees with such an analysis that KMT will be brutally defeated in 2024.
Outside the “Vision Taiwan 2030” event organized by the KMT think tank on Wednesday, Johnny Chiang responded to Li Yi’s prediction saying that he “does not understand the current situation in Taiwan, nor does he understand Taiwan’s democracy and politics.”
He further added that Li Yi is someone who was expelled from Taiwan, hence his words are not worth listening to.
In response to Li Yi’s comment that he might compete for the nomination for the next election, Chiang vaguely responded that as the party chairman, he should of course think of achievable goals for the KMT in the future, and he has started to do so.