Date
23 May 2017
Hung Hsiu-chu gestures while giving a speech at a KMT congress in Taipei on July 19. Taiwan's ruling party on Sunday nominated Hung, who is known for her pro-China views, as its candidate for the island’s presidential election next year. Photo: Reute
Hung Hsiu-chu gestures while giving a speech at a KMT congress in Taipei on July 19. Taiwan's ruling party on Sunday nominated Hung, who is known for her pro-China views, as its candidate for the island’s presidential election next year. Photo: Reute

KMT picks pro-China candidate for Taiwan presidential run

Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) has officially nominated Hung Hsiu-chu, who is known for her pro-China views, as its candidate for the island’s presidential election next year.

“Only if the KMT wins can the values of peace and openness be assured in the future,” Hung, 67, told a cheering crowd of party members on Sunday, Reuters reported.

“If I win…I will promote peace development across the Taiwan Strait and let people enjoy the benefits,” she said.

Hung is expected to maintain KMT’s China policy which favors trade with the mainland.

She will face off with Tsai Ing-wen from the independence-leaning opposition DPP in the presidential election in January next year.

“Hung does not seek independence from China and hopes to sign a peace treaty with the mainland,” a spokesman was quoted as saying.

Hung had advocated unification with China but was recently stopped by senior party members, as the majority of Taiwanese prefer the status quo, the report noted.

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