Fmr. Taiwan President urges resolution for maritime tensions
Former Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou addresses recent maritime incidents involving Chinese vessels in Taiwanese waters, emphasizing the importance of handling such situations legally and fairly. Tensions rise as mainland Chinese speedboats trespass into Kinmen waters, leading to a fatal accident. Ma urges dialogue between Taiwan and mainland China to resolve contentious issues and ensure safe navigation in shared maritime areas.
Ma Ying-jeou slams DPP’s stance on cross-strait trade deal
Former President Ma Ying-jeou criticizes DPP presidential candidate Lai Ching-te’s opposition to the cross-strait services trade agreement, calling it ＂a screw loose＂ and accusing the DPP of questioning the policy’s benefits. Ma also highlights the DPP administration’s governance failures, including shortages of vaccines and rapid test kits during the pandemic. He emphasizes the stability of cross-strait relations under the ＂1992 Consensus＂ during his presidency, contrasting it with the increased military incursions under the DPP’s approach. Ma argues that opening up service trade with China would benefit Taiwanese professionals but has been hindered by the DPP’s interference.
Hou Yi-ih rallies 50,000 in Hualien with Ma Ying-jeou
Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Hou Yi-ih and his running mate Chao Shao-kang held a rally in Hualien, drawing a crowd of thousands. Former President Ma Ying-jeou also made an appearance. The event, organized by KMT Legislator Fu Kun-chi, saw around 50,000 participants. Hou emphasized his plans to improve local infrastructure and criticized the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and its vice presidential candidate Hsiao Bi-khim for opposing the island-wide rapid broadband project. KMT Chairman Eric Chu praised the unity displayed in Hualien. The collaboration between Fu and Ma at the rally signifies a reconciled front leading up to the election.
KMT’s Hou Yu-ih vows to overhaul ’108 Curriculum’ if elected
KMT presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih has promised to review the controversial 108 curriculum if elected, in response to concerns from parents, students, and educators. He plans to reinstate the National Conference on Education, which has not been held in 13 years, to reassess the curriculum. The curriculum has been criticized as ＂shameless＂ by a teacher at Taipei First Girls High School, sparking societal debate. Former President Ma Ying-jeou has supported the criticism, urging the Ministry of Education to urgently review and improve the curriculum. DPP presidential candidate Lai Ching-te has a different perspective, arguing that textbook publishers consider teachers’ opinions and that this should not be equated with curriculum issues. TPP presidential candidate Ko Wen-je has stated his opposition to de-Sinicization in education and believes in recognizing the cultural continuum. The approaches of each candidate on educational reform will be important considerations for voters in the upcoming election.
Wang Jin-pyng clears air on SID, past rift with Ma
Former Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng reiterates the importance of lawful administration in response to the Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih and his running mate Jaw Shaw-kong’s advocacy for reinstating the Special Investigation Division (SID). Wang believes that the SID can be effective if those in charge enforce the law correctly. He also addresses concerns over his relationship with former president Ma Ying-jeou, stating that there are no hard feelings and emphasizing his intention to foster a positive future relationship.
KMT, TPP leaders targeted in Taipei prosecutors’ probe
Former President Ma Ying-jeou’s office accuses Taipei District Prosecutor’s Office of contradicting President Tsai Ing-wen’s statement on noninterference in judiciary matters. The prosecutor’s office is investigating the Blue-White alliance, a collaboration between political parties, as an illicit ＂partition of interests.＂ Defendants under investigation include Eric Chu, Chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT), Hou Yu-ih, the KMT’s presidential candidate, and Ko Wen-je, the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) presidential candidate. KMT spokesperson Yang Chih-yu criticizes the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for politicizing the judiciary and discrediting internationally common party cooperation models. Yang highlights previous instances of the DPP’s involvement in similar political arrangements, raising questions about a double standard.
DPP spokesperson slams KMT, TPP stance on CSSTA
The story discusses the criticism of the revival of the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA) by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesperson Chang Chih-hao. Chang argues that the CSSTA, an outdated agreement from a decade ago, could harm Taiwan’s interests. This statement was in response to calls from Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih and Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) candidate Ko Wen-je to reopen the service trade pact with China. Chang criticizes the China-centric economic and trade policies of former President Ma Ying-jeou, which he believes led to an unbalanced cross-strait economic environment. He highlights the negative impact the CSSTA could have on Taiwan’s industries, jobs, and salary levels. Chang also points out Taiwan’s recent economic achievements, such as the stock market’s performance, while noting China’s high youth unemployment rate. The DPP supports healthy and fair cross-strait exchanges but emphasizes the importance of avoiding political motives and unfair trade. Chang calls for a balanced approach to cross-strait economic and trade agreements and stresses the need for open communication with society when dealing with China’s economic coercion.
KMT’s Chu cites humiliation in failed TPP alliance talks
Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu and presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih expressed feeling humiliated by the lack of genuine cooperation with the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP). Despite failed negotiations for an alliance, Hou and his vice-presidential running mate, Jaw Shaw-kong, registered as candidates with the Central Election Commission. Hou attempted to collaborate with TPP candidate Ko Wen-je, but Ko did not answer the call. Ko later apologized for criticizing a public meeting and expressed efforts to bridge cooperation between the KMT and TPP, but cited political philosophy differences. Hou reported that the KMT approached the TPP with sincerity but felt disrespected when former President Ma Ying-jeou was made to wait five hours. Despite challenges, Hou and his party maintained strong conviction and sincerity in cooperating with Ko, but a partnership could not be realized. Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Lai Ching-te suggested that the breakdown indicated that the alliance was more about partisan and power-sharing concerns rather than the interests of the nation and its people.
KMT candidate Hou exposes Ko’s message on Gou’s race exit
During a three-way election talk in Taipei, Kuomintang presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih revealed a private message sent by independent candidate Ko Wen-je, implying that Terry Gou, another independent candidate, needs a reason to withdraw from the race. The gathering, attended by Gou, Hou, Ko, former president Ma Ying-jeou, and KMT chairman Eric Chu, has been seen as a classic pre-election scene. Hou accidentally disclosed Ko’s comments about Gou needing an excuse to step down. Ko had intended to hold a meeting among the three parties to demonstrate their commitment to Taiwan’s future. By giving Gou a chance to host the meeting and act as a driving force behind the KMT-TPP ticket, Ko believed Gou could withdraw from the race without embarrassment. Gou was reportedly shocked by this revelation, as he was unaware of the messages exchanged. Wu Tzu-chia, president of Formosa Online, commented on the incident, highlighting Gou’s surprise and his initial intention to promote opposition unity. However, Ko’s reaction to the leaked message was ironic, as he criticized Hou and exposed his own pretense, adding further controversy to the already heated election atmosphere.
Oppostion parties to meet at Grand Hyatt for collab talks
Presidential candidate Ko Wen-je of the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) is scheduled to meet with his Kuomintang (KMT) rivals Hou Yu-ih and independent candidate Terry Gou at the Grand Hyatt Hotel after 4:30 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 23). Initially, Gou wanted to host the talks at his residence but later agreed to change the venue to the Grand Hyatt Hotel. On the other hand, Hou insisted that the meeting should take place at former President Ma Ying-jeou’s office. Huang Shih-hsiu, the spokesperson for Gou’s office, stated that they would wait at the Grand Hyatt Hotel until a representative from Hou’s campaign arrived or until 5 a.m. the next morning. Ma Ying-jeou will be attending the talks as a witness, suggesting the significance of this meeting among the leading presidential contenders. The meet-up indicates a strategic discussion as Taiwan prepares for its next presidential election, with each candidate aiming to consolidate support and potentially discuss alliance formations that could impact the dynamics of the upcoming race.
Hou willing to be vice presidential hopeful if loses in poll
KMT presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih has expressed his willingness to renegotiate survey results that could determine the final joint ticket with TPP candidate Ko Wen-je, even if he loses. He proposed a 2-on-2 discussion format involving KMT Chairman Eric Chu and former President Ma Ying-jeou, each appointing a representative to debate the nine survey results. Hou’s gesture came after Ko reached out to him, suggesting the camps reconvene talks. Hou emphasized the urgency of reaching an agreement and stated his readiness to accept the role of a vice-presidential candidate regardless of the survey outcomes. He also announced his openness to broadcasting the negotiation process live to ensure transparency. This move demonstrates Hou’s effort to consolidate support against the ruling Democratic Progressive Party as the election approaches.
Hou Yu-ih seeks unity with Terry Gou for turnover
Kuomintang’s presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih has revealed his communication with Terry Gou, the founder of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. The aim is to unite opposition parties and promote political turnover. This announcement follows a six-point consensus achieved between KMT and Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) in the presence of former president Ma Ying-jeou. In response to TPP presidential hopeful Ko Wen-je’s emotional reaction to the agreement, Hou asserts that both parties under Ma’s watch have reached a substantial consensus, and it will be executed as agreed. Hou appeals for support in their mission to expose the incompetent Democratic Progressive Party. He emphasizes that the final judgment regarding any comparison of poll results will be entrusted to a team of three poll experts. The joint effort among opposition parties to challenge the DPP has become a significant narrative in Taiwan’s ongoing political discourse, with a wait-and-watch attitude adopted for the upcoming poll results.
DPP’s Lai under pressure from KMT-TPP alliance, data reveals
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Lai Ching-te is facing pressure from the opposition alliance formed by the Kuomintang (KMT) and Taiwan People’s Party (TPP), according to a recent poll by Formosa Magazine. In a three-way race, Lai leads with 33.6% support, followed by KMT’s Hou Yu-ih at 28.5%, and TPP’s Ko Wen-je at 20.5%. The KMT-TPP union, known as the Blue-White Coalition, has put Lai in an unfavorable position, with a combined support for Hou and Ko reaching 49%. Political commentator Wu Tzu-chia noted the narrowing gap between Lai and Hou, with just a 5.1 percentage point difference. When Ko’s 20.5% support is considered, the Hou-Ko duo leads Lai by a significant 16 percentage points. The formation of the Blue-White Coalition has intensified the election battle for Lai, as indicated by the poll. The Blue-White agreement, reached on Nov. 15 by Ko, Hou, former president Ma Ying-jeou, and KMT Chairman Eric Chu, has caused ripples in Taiwan’s political landscape.
KMT-TPP alliance likely to be set after cross-party talk
The Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) and the Kuomintang (KMT) held a ＂party-to-party＂ talk to determine their joint presidential ticket. The Ma Ying-jeou Foundation confirmed that nationwide polling will be used to select the best presidential candidate for the KMT-TPP coalition. Former President Ma Ying-jeou was present at the talk, which included TPP candidate Ko Wen-je, KMT candidate Hou Yu-ih, and KMT chair Eric Chu. The joint party candidate will be chosen based on polling results from both parties and external organizations. The accuracy of the results will be determined by polling experts from both parties. The final results will be announced on Saturday by the Ma Ying-jeou Foundation. The meeting concluded with an agreement to establish a coalition government based on shared national visions and policies.
TPP’s campaign manager denies resignation rumors
Vivian Huang, campaign manager for Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) presidential candidate Ko Wen-je, has denied rumors of her resignation, stating that she will stay by his side until the end. This comes as the presidential election is approaching in less than two months. Huang emphasized her loyalty to Ko, saying, ＂I’ve fought by Ko’s side for the past three years. What does not kill you makes you stronger!＂ Additionally, the TPP and Kuomintang (KMT) reached a party alliance consensus, with Ko meeting with KMT heavyweights, including party chairman Eric Chu and presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih, with former President Ma Ying-jeou as a witness. Both parties have agreed to use a point-based system to assess public opinion poll results, with three recommended polling experts evaluating the polls from November 7 to November 17, along with two internal polls from the KMT and TPP. The results will be unveiled by the Ma Ying-jeou Foundation on Saturday, ultimately determining the order of the ticket – either Hou and Ko, or Ko and Hou.
KMT, TPP forge alliance for Taiwan’s 2024 presidential race
The Kuomintang (KMT) and the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) have formed a historic alliance for the 2024 presidential election, under the guidance of former President Ma Ying-jeou. This coalition, a first in Taiwan’s political history, aims to reshape the future of Taiwanese politics.
Former President Ma backs public polling for KMT-TPP ticket
Former President Ma Ying-jeou’s support for nationwide polling in the selection of a joint party candidate for the upcoming presidential election has been clarified by Ma Ying-jeou Foundation spokesperson Xiao Xucen. This method, which was used in the KMT primary elections in 2019, was also used to nominate candidates for the presidency. Xiao emphasized that Ma’s stance remains unwavering and there is no truth to allegations that he has changed his attitude towards the polling of the prospective KMT-TPP ticket. Ma believes that public polling is the ultimate method to select a strong candidate who can compete against the ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s nominee, Lai Ching-te. Xiao further commented that public polling is a powerful tactic to unite non-ruling parties and challenge the ＂corrupted＂ DPP. He expressed optimism that public polling will continue to be embraced by KMT-TPP supporters, as well as moderate and young voters.
Ko Wen-je urges swift resolution of KMT-TPP alliance
Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) presidential candidate Ko Wen-je urges the resolution of the alliance between the Kuomintang (KMT) and TPP. Ko emphasizes the need for urgency, suggesting that the matter be resolved within one to two days. He also calls for transparency in the meeting with KMT chairman Eric Chu and invites former President Ma Ying-jeou as a witness. Ko clarifies that collaboration at various levels is not in question, but the discord lies in the combination of presidential candidates. Both Ma and former Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu support a public opinion survey to determine the final ticket lineup. KMT Chairperson Chu acknowledges the mutual understanding regarding the survey but highlights the need for further negotiation and discussion on the details and rules of the proposed plan.
Ex-president Ma supports public polling for KMT, TPP merger
Former Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou supports the idea of Kuomintang (KMT) presidential hopeful Hou Yu-ih and Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) presidential hopeful Ko Wen-je deciding on a merger through public polling. This suggestion comes amidst rumors that Representative to the US Hsiao Bi-khim could potentially be the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Lai Ching-te’s running mate. Former Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu also supports Ma’s proposal, emphasizing that unity is crucial for strength. Ko has expressed willingness to resume cross-party discussions if Hou and the KMT agree to decide their merger through public polling. However, the KMT has stressed that public polling must align with the opinions of individuals and the party to maintain the spirit of the KMT-TPP alliance. These differences have led to difficulties in negotiations, which are at risk of collapsing. Hsu-tsen Hsiao, the director of the Ma Ying-jeou Foundation, has conveyed Ma’s views to Hou and the KMT central committee, highlighting the potential losses the KMT could face in the upcoming elections if they fail to unite against the DPP.
KMT Chair emphasizes collective democratic reform
Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu emphasizes the need for collective negotiation in the third wave of democratic reform, amidst a potential ＂blue-white party alliance＂ for the 2024 presidential election in Taiwan. Chu’s comments follow Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) presidential candidate Ko Wen-je’s openness to using nationwide polling, a method favored by former President Ma Ying-jeou, to determine the final candidate combination. While the KMT and TPP agree on implementing a national poll, differences remain in the content and rules. Chu is committed to upholding the spirit of democratic reform and negotiation, and ongoing talks with Ko have not been interrupted.
Ma backs poll to decide Taiwan’s presidential candidates
Former President Ma Ying-jeou supports conducting a public poll to determine the final candidate combination for the upcoming presidential race in Taiwan. The Kuomintang’s (KMT) Hou Yu-ih and Taiwan People’s Party’s (TPP) Ko Wen-je have yet to decide who will run as the presidential or vice presidential candidate if a party alliance is formed. Executive director Xiao Xucen of the Ma Ying-jeou Foundation revealed that a prominent blue camp figure visited Ma and suggested comparing the ＂Hou-Ko＂ and ＂Ko-Hou＂ combinations with the Democratic Progressive Party’s ＂Lai Ching-te and Hsiao Bi-khim＂ combination through a public poll. Ma Ying-jeou expressed strong agreement with this proposal. Xiao has shared this information with Hou’s campaign office and the party.
Economics Minister disputes power shortage claims
Taipei’s Economics Minister, Wang Mei-hua, announced that power shortages have significantly decreased in recent years, with no shortages reported in 2023. Wang dismissed former President Ma Ying-jeou’s claims of power shortages under the Democratic Progressive Party’s governance as inconsistent with the facts. Since President Tsai Ing-wen took office, improvements have been made to the power scheduling mechanism, enhancing power supply stability. In response to power cuts in May 2021, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) plans to invest over NT$500 billion in improvements over the next decade. The MOEA aims to add 9.1 million kilowatts to the power supply by 2030, excluding renewable energy, to meet the projected increase in power demand of 7 million kilowatts over the next seven years.
MOFA criticizes Ma Ying-jeou for controversial remarks
Taiwan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Wu, expresses deep regret over former President Ma Ying-jeou’s suggestion that certain U.S. factions are using Taiwan’s semiconductor industry as a weapon, and condemns Ma for aligning himself with Chinese positions. Wu emphasizes the Taiwanese government’s position and the importance of garnering international support in the face of rising cross-strait tensions.
Foreign Minister stresses importance of int’t support
Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu emphasizes the importance of seeking support from other countries for Taiwan’s leading political figures when visiting abroad. Wu’s comments were made in response to former president Ma Ying-jeou’s criticisms of Robert O’Brien and some Americans for ＂weaponizing＂ Taiwan. Wu expressed regret over Ma’s remarks and stressed the need for international backing in the face of pressure from China. His message suggests that Taiwanese leaders should unite with supportive forces overseas rather than create discord.
Ma Ying-jeou urges global support for cross-strait dialogue
Former President Ma Ying-jeou spoke at New York University, urging the US and the global community to encourage cross-strait dialogue instead of making Taiwan ＂the next Ukraine.＂ He disagreed with the suggestion of arming Taiwanese citizens with AK-47s and emphasized the need for the new president to oppose Taiwan’s independence and accept the 1992 Consensus for cross-strait peace.