Pres­i­den­tial con­tender Soong makes Ping­tung 1st stop on cam­paign trail

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY ENRU LIN

Peo­ple First Party Chair­man James Soong ( ) yesterday made Ping­tung his first cam­paign stop in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial race.

In Ping­tung, Soong ad­dressed a friendly crowd of around 500 that in­cluded mem­bers of a lo­cal chap­ter of the Ju­nior Cham­ber In­ter­na­tional ( ) and civil or­ga­ni­za­tions, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­tral News Agency.

The pres­i­den­tial can­di­date said he had vis­ited nearly all the county’s town­ships and vil­lages in his ca­pac­ity of pro­vin­cial gover­nor.

He had trav­eled to even the most re­mote moun­tain re­gions, as Chi­ang Ching-kuo ( ) had told him the small con­cerns of the peo­ple are the gov­ern­ment’s ma­jor af­fairs, Soong said.

As pro­vin­cial gover­nor, he had served the public with­out re­gard to fac­tion or eth­nic group; as pres­i­dent, he aims to tran­scend the in­fight­ing be­tween the pan-blue and pan-green coali­tions to find a way for­ward for Tai­wan, Soong said.

He pledged that as pres­i­dent, he would re­turn to the south­ern county each month to ad­dress lo- cal prob­lems.

Kuom­intang Coun­cilor Chou Dian-lun ( ), speaker of the Ping­tung City Coun­cil, yesterday praised Soong for his highly ef­fi­cient han­dling of re­gional flood­ing dur­ing his time as pro­vin­cial gover­nor.

Also

yesterday, Soong

vis­ited who he called old friends at two lo­cal farm­ers’ co­op­er­a­tives and a tem­ple — cam­paign stops from his pres­i­den­tial run in 2012.

Around 5 p.m. he stopped at a tem­ple in Changjhih Town­ship (

) to visit farm­ers es­ti­mat­ing agri­cul­tural dam­age from Typhoon Soude­lor.

CNA

Peo­ple First Party pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, James Soong ( sup­porter in Ping­tung County, yesterday

), right, greets a

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