Tsai vows to work for pro­gres­sive coali­tion

DPP will work for elec­tion of ‘re­form­ers,’ even out­side party

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE -

Op­po­si­tion leader Tsai Ing-wen has said her party would co­op­er­ate with any “pro­gres­sive” forces, sup­port­ing their can­di­dates in next year’s leg­isla­tive elec­tions if it is a nec­es­sary move for tak­ing con­trol of par­lia­ment.

Tsai said the Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) is open­minded enough to give up any elec­toral dis­tricts, mak­ing way for al­lied can­di­dates who stand chances of win­ning.

It is the DPP’s prin­ci­ple and re­spon­si­bil­ity to sup­port the strong­est op­po­si­tion can­di­dates in a bid to oust the rul­ing Kuom­intang (KMT) and let the camp of re­form­ers be­come the ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment, said the party chief.

“As long as they be­long to the pro­gres­sive camp, it doesn’t mat­ter whether they are DPP mem­bers or not,” said Tsai Fri­day while speak­ing to sup­port­ers in New York City. “As long as they can earn one more seat for the pro­gres­sive forces, we can sit down and talk.”

The DPP’s nom­i­na­tion strate­gies for the leg­isla­tive elec­tions have been crit­i­cized by some al­lies who claim it is not giv­ing enough room for other op­po­si­tion forces.

Each elec­toral dis­trict will be rep­re­sented by only one seat in the Leg­is­la­ture, which means the chances of mi­nor op­po­si­tion camps may rely on the DPP not field­ing can­di­dates in the dis­tricts they are com­pet­ing in.

A split of sup­port be­tween the DPP and its al­lies in an elec­toral dis­trict could re­sult in fail­ure for both.

Tsai said the DPP will not rule out any form of co­op­er­a­tion with other op­po­si­tion forces.

She main­tained that the DPP even with­drew its can­di­date from last Novem­ber’s Taipei may­oral elec­tion in sup­port of in­de­pen­dent can­di­date Ko Wen-je. Ko went on to win the race.

“As long as it is ben­e­fi­cial to Tai­wan, there is noth­ing that the DPP will not be ready to give up,” she said.

The DPP is seek­ing fur­ther victory in the pres­i­den­tial and leg­isla­tives elec­tions tak­ing place in early 2016, af­ter deal­ing a heavy blow to the KMT in the Novem­ber lo­cal elec­tions.

Tsai, who is rep­re­sent­ing the DPP in next year’s pres­i­den­tial race, stands a good chance of be­com­ing the first-ever woman pres­i­dent of Tai­wan.

Tsai is cur­rently on a 12-day six-city visit in the United States.

Fol­low­ing her visit to Wash­ing­ton, D.C. ear­lier last week, Tsai went on to New York City, where she gave a talk to a rally of about 1,000 Tai­wanese sup­port­ers on Fri­day.

Dur­ing her talk, she also out­lined her cul­tural poli­cies. She said she would put pri­or­i­tize the na­tion’s cul­tural re­sources for train­ing tal­ent.

She said she would turn Tai­wan into a “mag­net” at­tract­ing in­ter­na­tional tal­ent, and she would build a new model of eco­nomic devel­op­ment for Tai­wan based on cre­ativ­ity and knowl­edge.

Mean­while, the New York Times cited re­ports as sug­gest­ing that it was an un­usual move for the U.S. gov­ern­ment to host a meet­ing with Tsai at the Depart­ment of State head­quar­ters.

The re­ports said Tsai wanted to con­vince the U.S. gov­ern­ment that she is ca­pa­ble of han­dling cross-strait re­la­tions.

The U.S. has so far re­fused to dis­close whether Tsai met with Deputy Sec­re­tary of State Antony Blinken, and which U.S. of­fi­cials she had met with.

The U.S. Depart­ment of State has main­tained that the U. S. gov­ern­ment’s meet­ing with Tsai was in line with Wash­ing­ton’s “one China pol­icy” and did not sig­nal any changes to its Tai­wan pol­icy.


DPP Chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen, right, is at the helm of a steam­boat un­der its cap­tain’s in­struc­tion dur­ing a ride down the Po­tomac River in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. on Fri­day, June 5. Tsai is on a 12-day six-city visit in the U.S.

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