Tsai Ing-wen vis­its for­mer DPP leader Su for elec­tion ad­vice

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY KATHER­INE WEI

For­mer Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) Chair­man Su Tsen­gchang ( ) would be an es­sen­tial el­e­ment in the up­com­ing elec­tions and the DPP’s pos­si­ble rule, said DPP Chair­woman and pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Tsai Ing­wen ( ) be­fore pay­ing a visit to Su yes­ter­day.

Tsai and Su were likened to the “two suns of DPP” by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) pre­vi­ously, as the two did not seem to see eye to eye and of­ten held dif­fer­ent opin­ions. Se­cre

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Ac­com­pa­nied by DPP tary-Gen­eral Joseph Wu ( and Leg­is­la­tor Tuan Yi-kang (

) yes­ter­day, Tsai vis­ited Su at the Eball Foun­da­tion (

); the two were seen smil­ing and shak­ing hands cor­dially be­fore hold­ing a meet­ing be­hind closed doors.

Be­fore their meet­ing, Tsai said that she has been vis­it­ing the may­ors and mag­is­trates through­out Tai­wan for their ad­vice af­ter she was nom­i­nated, in or­der to bet­ter un­der­stand the sit­u­a­tion of each area. “I also wanted to ask the ad­vice of my el­ders in the party. Su is a very im­por­tant per­son when it comes to this. He has am­ple ad­min­is­tra­tive ex­pe­ri­ence and has held sev­eral of­fices in the party over the past years,” said Tsai.

Su had com­pleted all nom­i­na­tion pro­ce­dures dur­ing his term as chair­man, so the DPP scored many a tri­umph in the 2014 9-in-1 Elec­tions, said Tsai. “I am here to ex­tend my grat­i­tude to Su, and ask him for his ad­vice on the elec­tion prepa­ra­tion I am about to begin, as well as pos­si­ble sug­ges­tions he may have if the DPP does step into power in the fu­ture,” said Tsai.

When the me­dia asked if she would be dis­cussing Su’s po­si­tion in the elec­tions with him, Tsai replied that the en­tire struc­ture of her cam­paign was still be­ing mapped out. “I ex­pect to unite ev­ery drop of en­ergy in the party and make good use of it. I be­lieve Su to be some­one that is very im­por­tant dur­ing the elec­tions and even when we step into power.”

Seek­ing Ad­vice from All in the

Com­mu­nity

Tsai did not elab­o­rate on whether she would be vis­it­ing other party big­wigs, in­clud­ing for­mer Pres­i­dent Chen Shui-bian ( ) and for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent An­nette Lu ( ). “I will be plan­ning my ad­vice-seek­ing trips ac­cord­ingly, and will be ask­ing for the opin­ions of the public; there are many lead­ers and suc­cess­ful peo­ple in var­i­ous in­dus­tries that I will seek out.”

For­mer Health Min­is­ter Yang Chih- liang ( ) an­nounced that he would be seek­ing to rep­re­sent the Kuom­intang (KMT) in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, to which Tsai joked that she seemed to have one ad­di­tional op­po­nent with the pass­ing of each day. “But this con- cerns the KMT’s party nom­i­na­tion pro­ce­dures, which I re­spect,” said Tsai.

“The point would be to fol­low my own plan and pace in fac­ing the elec­tions, hop­ing to gather most of the com­mu­nity’s sup­port and even­tu­ally win the elec­tion,” said Tsai.

In re­sponse to Tsai’s praise, Su said that “it is im­por­tant to win, but it is more even more im­por­tant to excel at your po­si­tion.”

“I will be do­ing what I can to sup­port Tsai and give her my bless­ings,” said the for­mer chair­man.

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