Tech tycoon says he will decide soon and touts 'mutual trust' with Beijing
Nikkei Asian Review
Date: September 07, 2019
By: Lauly Li, Nikkei staff writer
TAIPEI — Foxconn founder Terry Gou on Saturday said that he is preparing to run for Taiwan'spresidency, and that he will soon make a final decision on whether to enter the race.
"I am preparing. I am still [doing some] final thinking about it," Gou told Japanese media in Taipei. "I must be well-prepared and have the confidence to win before making a decision."
It was the first time Gou had spoken to the media about his presidential ambitions since he lost the primary for the opposition Kuomintang, or KMT, in July. Prospective candidates have until Sept. 17 to register; voters will go to the polls in January 2020.
The tech billionaire has not met KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih or Han Kuo-yu — the Kaohsiung mayor who defeated him for the party's nomination — since mid-July. However, he has held talks with the KMT's estranged former Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng and Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je on possible collaboration. [FULL STORY]