Presidential election news

11 January, 2024

Courtesy of ICRT


DPP presidential candidate Lai Ching-te is calling on China's leadership to assume responsibility for regional stability and engage in dialogue with Taiwan.


Speaking at a press conference in Taipei, Lai said the "door will always be open to engagements with Beijing on the principles of equality and dignity." According to Lai, Beijing should also take note of "the changes in international trends" and adhere to the international order.


Lai said if elected he will continue President Tsai Ing-wen's policies, including efforts to maintain the status quo in the Taiwan Strait and expand links with democratic nations. He went on to say he believes a DPP victory in Saturday's election will pave the way for Beijing to "reassess its policy towards Taiwan," as it will "showcase Taiwanese voters' support for the country's current direction." The DPP presidential candidate also told reporters that his being elected "will be helpful for creating a new situation in the Indo-Pacific region" that will contribute to the stability of the Taiwan Strait."

Meanwhile Taiwan People's Party (TPP) presidential candidate Ko Wen-je says he's decided to sell a plot of land in Hsinchu zoned for farming that he co-owns.


The statement comes weeks after reports surfaced concerning its illegal use as a parking lot for buses. Speaking at a campaign rally in Tainan, Ko said he's considering selling the land, which was given to him by his father, to other Hsinchu landowners, provided that the transaction does not result in any financial loss. Ko went on to say discussions over a potential deal are ongoing with the landowners.


According to Ko's campaign office, all profits generated from illegally renting out the land to construction and tour bus companies have been donated to the Hsinchu City Government for social welfare and disaster relief uses.

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