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Any meet with Chu should be open: Soong

Any meet with Chu should be open: Soong

Any meet with Chu should be open: Soong

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – If Kuomintang Chairman Eric Liluan Chu were to visit him for talks, those would have to take place in the open and not behind closed doors, People First Party Chairman James Soong said Friday.
Now that the KMT has decided to replace its presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu with Chu at a congress before the end of the month, it is highly likely to seek out Soong to discuss an alliance with him in order to take him out of the race for the July 16 election.
Soong said he was willing to discuss any topic with Chu, but he did not want to be accused of involvement in so-called backroom deals or negotiations behind closed doors.
The PFP leader said he had never excluded cooperation with the KMT, but it would not just mean seeking benefits for one person in particular or one political party in particular.
Over the past eight years, the KMT held both the presidency and the Legislative Yuan, but it failed to solve many of Taiwan’s problems, so the question was, how could it persuade voters to give it four more years, Soong said.
If Chu became the KMT presidential candidate and invited him for a meeting, Soong said he would only accept if the talks were conducted in the open, leaving no room for accusations that he was seeking special benefits or a government position in return for backing Chu.
After Soong officially announced his bid in August, he initially received more than 20 percent in the opinion polls, but since then, he has been sliding to just above 10 percent.
In 2000, Soong finished a close second with 37 percent of the vote, but he was accused by many of having split the “pan-blue” vote and handed victory to the Democratic Progressive Party.