Foreign Media Reports on Gou's Presidential Bid|郭投入國民黨初選?! 外媒關注兩岸關係
Foxconn Group Chairperson Terry Gou has announced he will be taking part in the Kuomintang's presidential primary. This announcement shook up Taiwan's political circles, and was also widely reported in the foreign media, with many speculating on how Gou will handle cross-strait relations given his close business relationship with China.
Foxconn Group Chairperson Terry Gou has announced he is entering the race for the presidency by taking part in the Kuomintang's presidential primary. This announcement shook up Taiwan's political circles, and was also widely reported in the foreign media.
A New York Times report said Gou's bid for the presidency will focus attention on cross-strait relations, as he has invested heavily in China, while the Financial Times reported Gou's bid brings an element of uncertainty into the tense cross-strait relationship. The BBC said it expects Gou to enact a more China-friendly policy than current President Tsai Ing-wen if elected, and the Nikkei said the sense of distance with China will become the focus of Gou's candidacy. In 2016, Foxconn Group purchased Japan's Sharp Corporation. The Japanese media therefore asked if Gou's candidacy will affect the company's operations.
In 2016, he decided to purchase Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp Corporation. The world is paying close attention to see what impact the Taiwanese presidential election will have.
China's hawkish Global Times also reported on this story, saying that a Gou win would improve the tense cross-strait relationship and possibly serve as a turning point for the situation across the Taiwan Strait in the short term. Gou's potential adversaries include the Democratic Progressive Party candidate and Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je. Meanwhile, Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu, who is also viewed as a potential candidate, said he hasn't considered running next year. He returned to Taiwan on Apr. 18 from the United States, and many of his supporters went to the airport to welcome him home.
He has direct access to the United States' White House, and to China's Zhongnanhai. It is very unusual for Taiwan to have a businessperson or a politician with such capabilities. It's nearly impossible.
Han described Gou as a rare talent, and said the next president must remember the words "Taiwan is secure, people have money." When asked if he intends to arrange a meeting with KMT Chairperson Wu Den-yih, Han responded there aren't any problems in doing so, time permitting.
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