Voters can choose peace or crisis, says KMT presidential candidate

Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu, who favours closer exchanges with China, was nominated as opposition party Kuomintang's presidential candidate at its national congress yesterday.
Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu, who favours closer exchanges with China, was nominated as opposition party Kuomintang's presidential candidate at its national congress yesterday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

TAIPEI • Taiwan's election will be an opportunity for voters to choose between cross-strait peace or crisis, said Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu, who was nominated as the presidential candidate of opposition party Kuomintang (KMT) at its national congress yesterday.

Mr Han, whose campaign slogan is "Taiwan safe, people rich", was selected to challenge incumbent Tsai Ing-wen in the presidential election in January. Representatives agreed to the nomination unanimously, said KMT chairman Wu Den-yih.

Mr Han, who favours closer exchanges with China, fended off challenges from Foxconn Technology Group founder and billionaire Terry Gou as well as three other candidates in the party's presidential primary earlier this month. The result was cleared by the party's central standing committee.

Ms Tsai, meanwhile, expressed concern in an NHK interview about China's latest defence report. The White Paper released last Wednesday demonstrates Beijing's continued military build-up, and Taiwan needs to respond by bolstering its defence capabilities, she said.

She said she was concerned about the crackdown on protesters in Hong Kong, adding that she hopes today's Taiwan will be tomorrow's Hong Kong - stressing the importance of the guarantees of democracy and freedom of expression, NHK reported.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 29, 2019, with the headline 'Voters can choose peace or crisis, says KMT presidential candidate'. Print Edition | Subscribe