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Lee wants Regis Chen as No. 2

MAYORAL ELECTION The DPP candidate for Taipei City's top job says the former chairman of Chinese Petroleum boasts the experience necessary to serve as deputy mayor

By Sandy Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

DPP mayoral candidate Lee Ying-yuan, left, shakes hands with former chairman of Chinese Petroleum Corp Regis Chen at a press conference yesterday at Lee's campaign headquarters to announce Chen as his choice of running mate.

PHOTO: SEAN CHAO, TAIPEI TIMES

DPP Taipei mayoral candidate Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) yesterday announced former chairman of Chinese Petroleum Corp Regis Chen (陳朝威) as his choice for deputy mayor.

At a press conference to announce the decision, Lee praised Chen as an individual with integrity, rich administrative experience and strong decision-making skills.

"By enlisting Chen's administrative and management talent for the post of deputy mayor, we hope to develop Taipei into a world-class international capital," Lee said.

Prior to heading Chinese Petroleum, Chen was the president of BES Engineering Corp from 1991 to 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Chen was president of the Taipei Rapid Transit Corp (TRTC) on the invitation of President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), who was then Taipei City mayor.

Regis Chen is also the president of the China American Petrochemical Co.

"During his tenure with the TRTC and Chinese Petroleum Corp, [Regis] Chen made a remarkable contribution to Taipei City and demonstrated his problem-solving skills, his capacity to deal with emergencies and his integrity," Lee said.

"With [Regis] Chen's comprehensive background and experience in administration and management, together we hope to work for a better tomorrow for Taipei City," Lee said.

At the press conference, Lee said that he first met Regis Chen at a luncheon and that, in talking to Chen, he found that the two of them spoke a common language when it came to philosophy.

"I am delighted to have Regis Chen as my running mate, who will join my campaign team during the last seven days before election day [on Dec. 7]," Lee said, adding that by choosing Chen for the post, he is recommending an elite member of society to serve Taipei residents.

Accompanied by his wife at the press conference, Chen explained why he is partnering with Lee.

"I find the city government led by incumbent Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) lacks capability in governing," Chen said.

The deputy mayor hopeful added that the Ma administration has a lot of improving to do if it is to match the record of the previous administration under Chen Shui-bian.

Citing Lee's proposal to relocate the Sungshan Airport as an example, Regis Chen said that reform is needed in order to develop Taipei City and accused the Ma administration of dwelling on existing structures and failing to offer breakthroughs.

"I find Lee's Taipei City blueprints and proposals visionary and innovative," Regis Chen said. "Therefore, I've decided to accept Lee's invitation and to work together with him whole-heartedly in this election."

Lee's choice of deputy mayor was welcomed by his fellow DPP members.

"We still need to wait and see how Taipei residents react before knowing whether Lee's choice of running mate will boost his election bid," DPP legislative whip Wang Tuoh (王拓) said.

"However, based on my personal long-term observation of Regis Chen during his tenure in other posts, he has demonstrated integrity as well as notable capability in administration and management," Wang said.

"I believe Regis Chen will be welcomed by Taipei residents as a deputy mayor hopeful," he said.

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