As per the report of Time Magazine, the main opposition party of Taiwan has picked a candidate who is believed to be pro-China populist against a candidate that is often found to be speaking against the Chinese government. As part of the announcement, Taiwan’s main opposition party announced that mayor Han Kuo-yu will run for the 2020 Presidential Elections of Taiwan.
This comes after the Han Kyo-yu was announced as a winner of the opinion polls with a 45% support rating. Along with this win, he also defeated four other candidates which also included the former Foxconn chairman Terry Gou who was also running to become the official candidate of Nationalist Party for next year’s elections.
While other leaders in Taiwan have opposed the Chinese government including current Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, Han has pledged that he will make peace with China and he has even signed deals with four Chinese cities in which he has vowed to sell 5.2 billion New Taiwan dollars worth Taiwanese agricultural products which is sure to benefit Taiwan.
On the other, President Tsai has already refused to make peace with China because of their condition of the two sides coming under one flag. It is known that China and Taiwan are both ruled separately since 1949 but China still claims sovereignty over the island. Time and again, China claims that Taiwan is under the Chinese flag and also threatens force to claim its authority.
However, a survey conducted in Taiwan has revealed that the majority of the Taiwanese people feel that they are better self-ruled rather than under the Chinese government. Last year, Han become the Mayor of the port city of Kaohsiung on the promise to improve the local economy. The general consensus in Taiwan is that Han is a rising star who can be found with a blue shirt and sleeves rolled halfway up.