Presidential election update
Taiwan's three opposition presidential hopefuls shared a stage for the first time at a Taoist event in Miaoli County on Friday, as talks of a joint ticket to defeat the ruling party's candidate Lai Ching-te, who was also present, continue to swirl.
What brought the four together was the celebrations of the 160th anniversary of the Baishatun Gong Tian Temple, which was built in 1863 to worship sea goddess Mazu by the Chinese who had migrated to Taiwan.
While the event drew large crowds of worshipers, media frenzy centred primarily on the interactions of the four, Lai, New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih of the main opposition Kuomintang, Taiwan People's Party Chairman Ko Wen-je and independent Terry Gou.
Since then, TPP Chairman Ko Wen-je has left for the US for a four-day trip focused on tech. Before leaving from Taoyuan International Airport on Sunday morning, Ko said he'll dive into educational tech, artificial intelligence in industry, and ways to link Taiwan's innovation with Silicon Valley.
Noting 2023 as a milestone year for AI like ChatGPT, Ko stressed that Taiwan must ride the "AI wave" to elevate its economy and solve the issue of low salaries.
His US schedule includes stops at tech and energy companies, a forum on medical technology, and meet-ups with Taiwanese students. He wraps up the trip in Los Angeles on October 4th, before flying back to Taiwan early on October 5th.