Foxconn tycoon now says Taiwan is part of ROC, not PRC

Foxconn tycoon clarifies statement that Taiwan is part of Republic of China, not People's Republic of China

Terry Gou.

Terry Gou. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After saying that the "gods" were in agreement with him that "Taiwan is a part of China" on Thursday, Foxconn founder and prospective presidential Kuomintang (KMT) candidate Terry Gou (郭台銘) today fine-tuned his previous comment by saying that Taiwan is a part of the Republic of China, which is not a part of the People's Republic of China.

On Thursday, Gou told reporters on a flight from Washington D.C. to Wisconsin that Taiwan is a "part of China" and said that the "gods 100 percent agree with me." However, at a press conference in Taipei today, Gou said, "Taiwan is a part of the Republic of China, the Republic of China is not a part of the People's Republic of China."

In response to Gou's earlier statement about Taiwan being part of China, Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) at the Legislative Yuan this morning admonished the Foxconn founder to not confuse the global community. Prior to a meeting over the budget, Chen told reporters that "The Republic of China (Taiwan) is a sovereign and independent country and Taiwan has never been part of the People's Republic of China. Chairman Gou, please don't send the wrong message to the international community," reported Liberty Times.

Gou stretches legs to illustrate delicate nature of Taiwan, China, and US relations. (CNA photo)

Gou then directed a comment toward Chen: "I also ask the Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council not to spread false information. Don't label me indiscriminately. The China I am referring to is the Republic of China."

Gou said that he wants to "make the Mainland (China) face up to the existence of the Republic of China and the fact that both sides are working hard to develop the economy."

At the end of the press conference, Gou asked a foreign reporter to come up and read a message written by Trump which read, "Terry, thank you. You are great! -Donald Trump."

Gou's press conference in full: