By Ko Lin
Democratic Progressive Party’s Tsai Ing-wen called upon her team members to remain vigilant as the presidential election enters its 100-day countdown Thursday, reports said.
Tsai’s comments came during the third day of her “Taiwan-Japan friendship tour” where she met with members of the Democratic Party of Japan.
“The 100-day mark is where the real battle begins,” she said, informing her DPP counterparts to step up the game with their campaign efforts.
“There is no time to rest. The next 100 days will be our chance to make Taiwan a better place.”
When asked if she would be taking on the advice from Kuomintang Chairman Eric Chu to ask Japan for support in Taiwan’s bid to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Tsai said she has always sought for support from Taiwan’s allies, whether it was in the United States or Japan.
“I never forgot to bring up the TPP topic whenever I had the chance. He (Chu) might not be in the know given to his busy schedule,” she explained.
Asked if DPP’s double victory (presidency and legislative majority) next year would be a positive step towards Taiwan’s democracy and political development, Tsai however said the importance would be to seek collaboration between the KMT and DPP, and to lower confrontation between both parties.
“By no means not only do we hope to win a legislative majority, we also hope to work with the KMT to help propel our future plans for the benefit of our people.”
The DPP presidential contender also noted on her Facebook page that the nation can do without segregation and separatist ideals, and that one shouldn’t preserve power just to oppose.
“We should all be more tolerant toward different ideas and opinions. This will help us solve the nation’s troubles with an open heart and to push Taiwan for a better future,” she quoted on social media.