Hung coy on VP se­lec­tion, de­fends cre­den­tials as mod­er­ate on China

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY YUAN-MING CHIAO

Deputy Leg­isla­tive Speaker and likely Kuom­intang ( KMT) 2016 pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hung Hsiu-chu ( ) stated yesterday that it was too early to de­ter­mine who would be her vice-pres­i­den­tial run­ning mate, although she re­vealed that plans were be­ing made for her to visit Peo­ple First Party Chair­man James Soong (

). Hung made the com­ments be­fore join­ing youth vol­un­teers for lunch at the Leg­isla­tive Yuan. She in­di­cated that many sug­ges­tions for a suit­able can­di­date had been made to her re­cently, in­clud­ing many that are “highly qual­i­fied, ex­pe­ri­enced, and with good public rep­u­ta­tions.” The KMT’s sole can­di­date for pres­i­dent said it was too early for a de­ci­sion to be made. An idea floated re­cently by Hung would have KMT Chair­man and New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu ( ) join her as vi­cepres­i­den­tial can­di­date, but was ruled out by Chu. KMT Leg­is­la­tor Liao Kuo-tung ( ) sug­gested that for­mer Health Min­is­ter Chan Chi-shean ( ) would make a suit­able choice ow­ing to his ex­pe­ri­ence in of­fice and back­ground as a south­ern Tai­wanese.

As ‘me­dian as one can get’:

Hung

Mean­while, Hung brushed off crit­i­cisms that her stance to­ward China was turn­ing away sup­port from me­dian vot­ers. She said that the cur­rent ef­forts to smear her rep­u­ta­tion would prob­a­bly mean ru­mors and false re­ports on “an in­crease in prop­erty or in­come, a boyfriend, il­le­git­i­mate chil­dren, health prob­lems,” among oth­ers. Hung said she would be pre­pared to take the stones that oth­ers had cast at her, col­lect them and use them to build a solid foun­da­tion to move for­ward.

She also called amoral those who ques­tioned her iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with Tai­wan, say­ing that as some­one who “ate Tai­wan’s rice, drank its wa­ter and was raised here: who does not love Tai­wan?” Hung ar­gued that her po­lit­i­cal stance is “as me­dian as one could get.” She said that in her ef­fort to find new op­por­tu­ni­ties for Tai­wan, she would not fa­vor main­land China, the United States or Ja­pan in par­tic­u­lar, adding that the is­land needed to con­vince other coun­tries of its in­trin­sic value be­fore they will take it se­ri­ously.

Ac­cord­ing to the latest public opin­ion poll con­ducted by the lo­cal United Daily News, Hung is trail­ing Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party ( DPP) Chair­woman Tsai Ing- wen ( ) by 12 per­cent­age points. Hung took the fig­ures in stride, say­ing that she would use them as a ref­er­ence point only.

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