Will KMT’s Hung Hsiu-chu run for pres­i­dent?

The China Post - - COMMENTARY -

Hung Hsiu- chu, vice pres­i­dent of the Leg­isla­tive Yuan or deputy par­lia­ment speaker, re­mains the only par­tic­i­pant in the rul­ing Kuom­intang’s ( KMT) 2016 pres­i­den­tial pri­mary. The KMT didn’t cancel the pri­mary, and in­stead re­quires her to have her voter sup­port found out by at least two public opin­ion sur­veys. Should the straw polls show the sup­port at 30 per­cent or lower, the party’s all- pow­er­ful Cen­tral Stand­ing Com­mit­tee could rec­om­mend that she be not nom­i­nated, and in­stead draft a more likely win­ner to run for the elec­tion sched­uled for Jan. 16, 2016.

The chances are that the 67-year-old deputy speaker is likely to win that much voter sup­port. A num­ber of me­dia out­lets have con­ducted straw polls, and the high­est sup­port she got was the 50 per­cent The Ap­ple Daily re­ported. The pro-Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) Lib­erty Times and the Tai­wan Think Tank founded by Koo Kuan-min, the don of the Tai­wan In­de­pen­dence Move­ment, found Hung’s sup­port at a lit­tle more than 10 per­cent.

That hasn’t daunted Hung, nick­named “Lit­tle Red Pep­per” for her provoca­tively pi­quant opin­ions. She pointed out that Pro­fes­sor Ko Wen-je’s voter sup­port in the early days of his may­oralty cam­paign for Taipei was only one digit. Bill Clin­ton started with a mere 20 per­cent when he de­clared U.S. Demo­cratic Party can­di­dacy for pres­i­dent in 1992, Hung said in a bid to show her con­fi­dence in in­creas­ing her odds against Tsai Ing-wen, the DPP’s stan­dard bearer.

Hung may be a dark horse. With her main­lan­der Chi­nese-born KMT fa­ther ar­rested for anti-gov­ern­ment re­marks dur­ing the Fe­bru­ary 28 In­ci­dent of 1947 and per­se­cuted there­after, the Lit­tle Red Pep­per worked through col­lege, taught in a high school and got elected to the Leg­isla­tive Yuan in 1993. She has since been re­turned. As a mat­ter of fact, she de­cided to run for pres­i­dent be­cause the KMT heavy­weights have shunned the party pri­mary, con­vinced that they won’t stand a chance against an in­vin­ci­ble Tsai buoyed by her party’s land­slide victory in the na­tion­wide com­bined lo­cal elec­tions last Nov. 29, known pop­u­larly as the 9-in-1 Elec­tions.

A fight­ing woman, Hung equates her­self with a “Bi­b­li­cal cor­ner­stone.” Je­sus de­scribes him­self as a cor­ner­stone that his church would be built on so as to unify Jew and Gen­tile believ­ers alike. She wants to be the cor­ner­stone on which the pros­per­ity of all the peo­ple of the Chi­nese na­tion, main­lan­ders and Tai­wanese, will be built. For that lofty pur­pose, she pro­posed her prin­ci­ple of “one China” to re­place the “1992 Con­sen­sus” as the modus vivendi for the on­go­ing peace­ful devel­op­ment of re­la­tions be­tween the two sides of the Tai­wan Strait.

The “1992 Con­sen­sus” was reached in that year be­tween Tai­wan and China and says they are agreed that there is but one China whose con­no­ta­tions can be orally and separately enun­ci­ated. It is com­monly known as the “one China with dif­fer­ent in­ter­pre­ta­tions” prin­ci­ple and is now the legal ba­sis to con­tinue the peace­ful devel­op­ment of cross-strait re­la­tions. The op­po­si­tion DPP does not ac­cept the “1992 Con­sen­sus,” and Tsai, who is vis­it­ing Wash­ing­ton, is try­ing to ex­plain her “Tai­wan sta­tus quo” China pol­icy sans the modus vivendi to Amer­i­can au­thor­i­ties. The ul­ti­mate goal of the op­po­si­tion party is the in­de­pen­dence of Tai­wan.

Ac­cord­ing to Hung’s one China prin­ci­ple, Tai­wan and main­land China are “one na­tion with two po­lit­i­cal en­ti­ties shar­ing the sovereignty” ( ), and should sign a peace ac­cord to end the Chi­nese Civil War that re­sulted in Pres­i­dent Chi­ang Kai-shek mov­ing his KMT gov­ern­ment from Nan­jing to Taipei to­ward the end of 1949 to cre­ate the Repub­lic of China in Tai­wan, or “Free China.” Her China pol­icy is ba­si­cally the same as Pres­i­dent Ma Ying­jeou’s, ex­cept for her in­sis­tence on the con­clu­sion of the peace ac­cord that he promised in the run-up to the 2008 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion but re­neged on af­ter his elec­tion victory.

Her voter sup­port cer­tainly will in­crease as she is cam­paign­ing, and she may well suc­ceed in achiev­ing over 30 per­cent. But she said she wouldn’t com­plain if she fails the test in the polls and that she would cam­paign for any­one drafted by the KMT to run for next year’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

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