KMT pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hung es­tab­lishes HQ

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

Kuom­intang ( KMT) pres­i­den­tial hope­ful and in­cum­bent Deputy Leg­isla­tive Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu ( ) yesterday es­tab­lished her head­quar­ters in the KMT’s main of­fice and of­fi­cially in­tro­duced her cam­paign spokes­peo­ple to the gen­eral public.

Lo­cal press were in­vited to Hung’s new base of oper­a­tions yesterday, which is lo­cated in the new KMT of­fice depart­ment cre­ated specif­i­cally to han­dle all pres­i­den­tial and leg­isla­tive elec­tions.

For­mer Deputy Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Philip Yang ( ) and Taipei City In­for­ma­tion Depart­ment, the pre­de­ces­sor of Taipei’s Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion and Tourism, for­mer head Jack Yu ( ) were in­tro­duced as Hung’s two spokes­men.

Both were re­port­edly hand­picked by the deputy speaker, with Yu also lead­ing as the con­vener for Hung’s elec­tion strate­gic team and Yang also serv­ing as Hung’s in­ter­na­tional af­fairs team con­vener and in­ter­na­tional spokesper­son.

Aside from hold­ing pre­vi­ous po­si­tions in gov­ern­ment sec­tors, Yu and Yang were also mem­bers of Sean Lien’s ( ) Taipei may­oral elec­tion cam­paign team.

While speak­ing with lo­cal media, Yu said he had com­mu­ni­cated with Hung on Sun­day to es­tab­lish a di­rec­tion for her pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. Both agreed upon a non-tra­di­tional ap­proach Yu said, with Hung stat­ing that her cam­paign would cen­ter on the idea of “truth­ful­ness” to show po­ten­tial con­stituents a politi­cian that is un­like con­ven­tional Tai­wanese law­mak­ers.

Yu also said that the up­com­ing elec­tion would be a hard bat­tle for the pres­i­den­tial hope­ful due to a lack of re­sources.

Yang, who will be re­spon­si­ble for shap­ing Hung’s in­ter­na­tional im­age, said he has been ac­quainted with her since his days as the head of the now-dis­banded Ex­ecu- tive Yuan Gov­ern­ment In­for­ma­tion Of­fice (GIO), which was why he ac­cepted Hung’s of­fer quickly.

The spokesman also ad­dressed Hung’s cur­rent in­ter­na­tional im­age, stat­ing that the deputy speaker has been con­stantly mis­quoted on cross-strait is­sues by the media.

Party Chair De­fends Hung’s Lack of Co­op­er­a­tion on US Visit Plans

In re­lated news, while re­spond­ing to pres­i­den­tial can­di­date and Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party Chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen’s (

) trip to the United States, which pro­vided the DPP leader with pos­i­tive pub­lic­ity and mo­men­tum for her cam­paign, KMT Chair­man Eric Chu ( ) pre­vi­ously said that the party would ar­range for Hung to go to the U.S. as well, so as to garner sup­port from ex­pats liv­ing there.

How­ever, Hung re­sponded dif­fer­ently, say­ing that such de­ci­sions would be made by her.

Dur­ing a press in­ter­view yesterday, Chu was asked by lo­cal media about the dif­fer­ence be­tween the party and Hung on the mat­ter.

Chu said the most im­por­tant func­tion of the party is to sup­port its can­di­date, as well as con­duct proper com­mu­ni­ca­tions and ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween party and can­di­date.

As for Hung’s visit, Chu said more meet­ings would hap­pen to dis­cuss the mat­ter, with more up­dates to come in the fu­ture.

The chair­man went on to sup­port Hung, say­ing that dif­fer­ences of opin­ion are in­evitable in the process of a cam­paign, but the most im­por­tant goal is to at­tract back­ing from the gen­eral public.

CNA

A golden dragon-tur­tle statue is dis­played in the new head­quar­ters of Kuom­intang (KMT) pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Hung Hsiu-chu’s ( ) cam­paign yesterday. Lo­cal press were in­vited to Hung’s new base of oper­a­tions and the or­na­ment caught the at­ten­tion of the media as a re­sult of its Feng Shui sig­nif­i­cance. How­ever, Hung’s cam­paign staff claimed that the statue was left be­hind by the of­fice’s pre­vi­ous ten­ant.

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