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Winston Wang touted as running mate for Soong

Staff Writer, with CNA

A former TV personality and friend of the son of former Formosa Plastics Group chairman Wang Yung-ching (王永慶) said the tycoon’s son would be interested in being the running mate for People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) should he run as an independent in January’s presidential election.

Shedding the PFP chairmanship to run as an independent meant Soong would like to be “non-partisan and selfless,” the Chinese-language United Daily News yesterday quoted Wang Ben-hu (汪笨湖) as saying.

He was also quoted as saying that Soong and Winston Wang (王文洋), chairman of the Grace T.H.W. Group, a major electronics firm, could meet next month over such a possibility.

Wang Ben-hu said Taiwan would have to enter political negotiations with China after next year and that the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) is “incapable” of negotiating with China, while the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is also restrained by its stubborn ideology.

Taiwan needs a Deng Xiaoping (鄧小平), not a Hua Guofeng (華國鋒), Wang Ben-hu said, referring to China’s reform “architect,” who replaced Hua in the late 1970s as China’s paramount leader.

In related news, in a recent interview with the Chinese--language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper), Soong said that the real problem facing Taiwan today is not the debate over unification with or independence from China. Rather, it is the issue of governance — where is the government when the people are in need of help, he said.

“When our businessmen are bullied overseas, do they not hope that the government will directly or indirectly help them?” Soong asked.

“A Control Yuan report did point out that our government has been offering assistance, but our businessmen have asked for more concrete assistance than what the Control Yuan report indicates,” Soong said.

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