Leg­isla­tive speaker tight-lipped about pres­i­den­tial bid

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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