Tsai praises Chen’s calm demeanor, downplays critics

by Ko Lin

Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen again praised Chen Chien-jen for his eloquence and for being a forward thinker, reports said Thursday.

“In many ways, I believe his personality traits and calm demeanor will be favorable to Taiwan’s society as a whole,” she said.

Tsai made the remarks after attending the inaugural signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in the morning between U.S.-based tech giant Cisco and the cities of Keelung and Taichung.

The local media, who hosted a televised interview with Chen for the first time on Wednesday, was surprised at how well Tsai’s running mate performed in front of the live camera, and in particularly on his response regarding the legalization of same-sex marriage in Taiwan.

“His political ideologies are not that far off from the DPP,” Tsai said, adding that she respects the views and opinions expressed by Chen during the interview.

Asked what she makes of the critics surrounding her choice of running mate, the presidential candidate however said everyone is entitled to express their own personal opinions, but as long as netizens don’t become viral.

On the subject of industry developments, Tsai said the DPP has plans to further develop the nation’s information security technology sector, saying she hopes to see further progress made on multimedia digitization and faster Internet connection speeds.



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