Date
16 September 2019
Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu has attended multiple massive rallies as preparation for representing Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang in the island's presidential election next year. Photos: Reuters, Internet
Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu has attended multiple massive rallies as preparation for representing Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang in the island's presidential election next year. Photos: Reuters, Internet

Taiwan presidential hopeful Han Kuo-yu vows cross-strait peace

Han Kuo-yu, who is seeking to represent Taiwan’s opposition Kuomintang (KMT) in the island’s presidential election next year, told his supporters over the weekend that he is confident that he can ensure peaceful relations with China.

At a rally on Saturday in Hualien city in eastern Taiwan, Han announced that he has officially registered to run in the Kuomintang primary race, competing with other hopefuls for the party nomination.

2020 would be a “life-and-death battle for the Republic of China”, said the 61-year-old mayor of Kaohsiung city in southern Taiwan, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Slamming the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for making people unhappy during the past few years, Han stressed that governance should be able to bring warmth, passion, and laughter to the people and that is what he will strive for if he becomes president.

Han noted that Hualien County has over the past three years lost 18 major flight paths, including one that flew to Hong Kong, after its tourism sector was hit by a major earthquake. He criticized the DPP, accusing the party of ignoring the livelihood difficulties that many Taiwanese people have been facing 

Han said he will aim to move Taiwan away from poverty and unhappiness once he becomes Taiwan’s leader, and that he will allocate more funding to improve eastern Taiwan’s transport infrastructure so as to shrink gaps between urban and rural areas.

Saturday’s rally, which the organizer said about 150,000 people attended, came a week after a similar one held in front of the Presidential Office building in Taipei, which was estimated to have more than 400,000 participants at one point.

Responding to the Han event, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said on Sunday that she believes people will realize that Han will to go any length and promise the moon.

Han is scheduled to attend a third massive rally, similar to the ones in Taipei and Hualien, in central Taiwan’s Yunlin County on June 15.

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