Taiwan ex-Premier Lai offers “Three Realistic Directions”

Lai's directions seen as response to comments by President Tsai

William Lai and Tsai Ing-wen (Credit: William Lai official FB page and Wikipedia)

William Lai and Tsai Ing-wen (Credit: William Lai official FB page and Wikipedia)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Former Premier William Lai (賴清德) presented his “Three Realistic Directions” for Taiwan on Facebook recently, apparently as a response to President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) “Three Preconditions.”

Both registered for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) primaries during the past week. A five-member committee formed by the party to resolve the candidacies met for the first time Saturday, reports said.

In his Facebook post, Lai explained that he saw the term “Taiwan Independence” as an abbreviation of “Taiwan is already independent,” “Taiwan should be its own master and protect democracy.”

As a “realistic worker for Taiwan Independence,” the former premier named three elements of his realism.

Since Taiwan was already a sovereign and independent country, bearing the official name of “Republic of China,” there was no need to officially proclaim independence, Lai said.

Only its 23 million inhabitants can decide the future of Taiwan, and nobody else, not even the president, can do so, was his second direction.

Finally, Lai named the most important task for Taiwan as boosting economic development and improving the lives of Taiwanese, making the nation greater.

Earlier, before leaving on her March 21-28 trip to three allies in the Pacific and to Hawaii, President Tsai named the three characteristics a national leader should possess: the president should understand how to connect with other countries in the face of the Chinese threat, should move the country forward on the path of reform despite sharp criticism, and should be an effective leader.

She said the answer to the three questions in each case was “Tsai Ing-wen,” explaining why she had decided to run for re-election in the January 11 election.