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China Times: Last mile to presidency
Central News Agency
2014-05-27 11:20 AM
As expected, Tsai Ing-wen was elected chairwoman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party on Sunday. Whether Tsai can go "the last mile" that she failed to complete in 2012 and lead the DPP to victory in the 2016 presidential election will depend on how much she can change. When Tsai first emerged on the political scene, her professional background and sensible image appeared to be an asset to her career. She was good at using ambiguous language, which made it difficult for her rivals to find openings to attack. As long as she did not make mistakes, she was able to build up her popularity. Tsai's arguments, however, have been like fluffy cotton candy. They tasted a little sweet, but when scrutinized, they were insubstantial and unconstructive. Such arguments sound attractive in the beginning, but people eventually find them empty as time goes by. If Tsai continues her "cotton candy strategy" in the next two years, it will again become her Achilles heel that will threaten her presidential bid. Obviously, Tsai has recognized the problem and as soon as she was elected head of the DPP, she proposed to promote constitutional reform in the form of adjusting the legislative election system and lowering the threshold for referendums. Another area that should be closely watched is whether Tsai can drop her opposition to issues that are favorable to Taiwan. With the ruling and opposition parties set for a showdown in the Legislature on the trade-in-services pact with China, a cross-Taiwan Strait agreement oversight mechanism and a statute on free economic pilot zones, will Tsai see these policies from a partisan perspective or based on Taiwan's interests? Elections are certainly important to political parties and politicians, but the future of Taiwan is even more important. (Editorial abstract -- May 27, 2014) (By Y.F. Low)
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