Legislative speaker tight-lipped about presidential bid
Legislative Yuan speaker Wang Jin-pyng ( )wrapped up his four-day visit to Japan Thursday but still remained tight-lipped about whether he will vie for the ruling Kuomintang’s nomination for the 2016 presidential election.
During a news conference held in Tokyo prior to his departure, Wang did not directly answer any questions related to the election.
When asked whether he will register for the KMT’s presidential primary, Wang said he “cannot answer the question now.”
On another question regarding “who is more suitable to be president in 2016,” Wang said it was “not convenient for me to answer” the question.
He did not provide an answer, either, when asked for his opinion about opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen ( ) who is expected to represent her party in the presidential scheduled for next January.
The veteran member of the KMT, who has served as speaker of the Legislature since 1999, is seen as a potential nominee of the KMT for the election to pick the successor to President Ma Yingjeou, who will step down in May 2016 after two four-year terms.
Wang arrived in Japan Monday at the head of a 15-member parliamentary delegation.
During his stay in Japan, Wang met with Masaaki Yamazaki, president of the House of Councilors in the Diet, and Sadakazu Tanigaki, head of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party. He also visited Katsuya Okada, head of Japan’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Party.
Wang also went to Chiba Prefecture to visit a radioactive substance examination center and facilities offering long-term health care services for elderly people.
During Thursday’s news conference, Wang described his Japan visit as fruitful.
He expressed the hope that Japan will sign an economic partnership agreement with Taiwan soon and help Taiwan to participate in regional trade blocs such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.