Nobel Prize Laureate Lee lauds Tsai
Former Academia Sinica President and Nobel Prize Laureate Lee Yuan-tseh ( ) yesterday commented on how he believes Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (
) is a much more suitable choice to become Taiwan’s president, during the third-force New Power Party’s (NPP, ) first round of political policy platforms for next year’s elections, the Central News Agency reported.
The NPP had invited Lee to the platform, themed “creating a brighter future for humanity,” to give a speech on developments in environmental sustainability and emissions control.
Lee was asked his thoughts on the “two contending presidential hopefuls’ ability to lead Taiwan and to create a better future for humankind” at the meeting. Taiwan’s current likely presidential candidates include Tsai and Kuomintang Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu ( ).
Lee, in response, said he was more optimistic about Tsai’s abilities due to her “vision and execution capacities.” He will also attend a panel discussion with Tsai, to be held at National Taiwan University in mid-July.
Fielding questions from the media as to whether he will declare his backing for Tsai in her presidential campaign, Lee said “this is not a question of declaring my support for whomever,” but rather that there are still “many things to discuss with Tsai,” since as a teacher, Lee said, he hopes he can influence others through discussions.
The Nobel Prize laureate further spoke about how he and Tsai occasionally meet up, and had seen one another recently. “But the meetings are not frequent, and we sometimes bump into each other at some occasions,” Lee said.
Lee explained that he often discussed issues such as the environment and climate change with Tsai, “however, Tsai hasn’t thought quite as in-depth on the issues as I have,” and this is the one thing that Lee believes he needs to discuss further with the chairwoman.
Third Force in Taiwan
In a media interview before the speech, Lee commented on how the rise of the third-force parties in Taiwan is a positive sign. He is also very supportive of the younger generation who are more willing to “do more for society.”
Most politicians, Lee explained, make compromises for the sake of votes. He is optimistic about the rising force, however, saying that “if there is a new power putting pressure on the two major political parties, the parties will not be as likely to continue compromising.”