Taiwan Presidential Election 2020 (127 days left)：Tidbits from Aug. 26 to Sept. 4, 2019
Last updated: (GMT+8) 19:50 Sept. 5, 2019
Tidbits about presidential nominees and potential candidates
Tsai Ing-wen (Democratic Progressive Party’s presidential nominee) [ Chinese version ]
- [Tsai asks Gou to increase investment in Taiwan]
Foxconn founder Terry Gou (郭台銘) asked President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to join him in a debate on industry structure and the future of Taiwan. Tsai replied on Sept. 4 that a number of measures have been taken since she assumed office to improve the island’s industry structure and counteract the impact of the U.S.-China trade war. She said that Taiwan has made progress on reducing its reliance on a single market and called on Gou to “increase investment in Taiwan.”
- [Tsai pledges support for Hong Kong’s demand for democracy but won’t interfere]
In an interview on Sept. 4, President Tsai Ing-wen expressed support and concern for those fighting for greater democracy in Hong Kong but said Taiwan would refrain from meddling in Hong Kong affairs. She instead promised Taiwan would provide humanitarian assistance to Hong kongers.
- “We are a family”
President Tsai Ing-wen said in an interview on Sept. 4 that people residing in Taiwan, whether or not they were mainlanders, or relatively recent arrivals from China, have become one family with the sole responsibility of protecting Taiwan. The statement was made to refute remarks by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), who once said he disliked mainlanders.
- [The definition of hate talk]
Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) complained the other day that he has fallen victim to “hate Han talk,” while nobody dares to do the same to President Tsai because she is the president, and the presidential office always fires back with legal action against such derogatory comments. In response, Tsai said on Sept. 4 that Taiwan is a democracy and that political figures are confronted with equal challenges amid elections. Saying that she wasn’t sure how hate talk is defined, Tsai suggested that politicians who are victims of hate talk provide clarification and resort to legal action if necessary.
- [Securing as much strength as possible to safeguard Taiwan]
Han Kuo-yu said on a talk show that he opposes Taiwan’s independence and asked those who embrace the idea to vote for President Tsai. In response, Tsai said she would like to secure support both from those in the “Republic of China” camp and the “Taiwan” camp. What matters most is to generate as much strength as possible to safeguard Taiwan, Tsai stressed.
- Speaking at an engagement for National Armed Forces Day (Sept. 3), President Tsai Ing-wen stated that she remembered during visits to the United States that she would regularly see soldiers in uniform out in society. It was normal for people to see U.S. military personnel and Tsai said that it was also acceptable for Taiwanese troops in Taiwan as well.
- In a Facebook post on Sept. 3, Tsai shared the following points about the crisis in Hong Kong. 1. Taiwan firmly supports democracy and freedom in Hong Kong, and hopes the city will return to stability as soon as possible. 2. She appealed to the Beijing authorities abide by their commitments to ensuring Hong Kong’s autonomy, and not to use Taiwan and other countries as scapegoats to blame unrest in Hong Kong on “foreign actors.” 3. Based on human rights considerations, Taiwan will provide assistance to Hong Kong students in Taiwan and those who need help, without remaining idle. 4. Taiwan is monitoring the financial and economic situation in Hong Kong and is ready to provide assistance to Taiwanese businesses and Taiwanese citizens in Hong Kong should it be necessary.
- In response to Foxconn founder Terry Gou’s Sunday (Sept. 1) speech, Tsai’s campaign spokesperson rebutted this claim, saying that Gou’s suggestions about catching up to world trends, such as smart technology and boosting industries, are “what President Tsai has been doing all these years,” hence Taiwan’s economy has been growing steadily amid the US-China trade war, best evidenced by Taiwan’s second-quarter economic growth being the best among the Four Asian Dragons in the second quarter. He added that Gou could only used KMT-style slogans to distort the truth, which might not be recognized by most people.
- During an interview on Saturday (Aug. 31), President Tsai Ing-wen said: “Everybody has been concerned with and somewhat worried about the development of the situation in Hong Kong, hoping the situation won’t continue to worsen. Whether the situation will worsen or not hinges on the whims of the leader.”
- When asked about Han Kuo-yu’s remarks on Thursday (Aug. 29), which described the situation of migrant workers in Taiwan as “phoenixes flying away and chickens coming in,” President Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday (Aug. 30), “We are grateful to new immigrants and the contributions of migrant workers to Taiwan. We hope that everyone works to eliminate discrimination against them in Taiwanese society.”
- When asked how many high-profile Hong Kong democratic activists were arrested by the Hong Kong police on Friday (Aug. 30), Tsai said: “The Hong Kong government will not truly solve the problem by making arrests and through crackdowns. The right way is to have a conversation with the people, fulfill the promise of freedom and democracy to the people, and respond to their expectations.”
- On the evening of August 29, President Tsai Ing-wen wrote on her Facebook page: “There are some people who may think politics is a ridiculous matter, but to me, politics is management work, it is to try and change society through communication and coordination, these are the words former President Lee Teng-hui told me when I was working at the National Security Council.”
- The afternoon of August 29. Regarding National Taiwan University department of law professor emeritus Ho De-fen’s news conference in the morning arguing that President Tsai Ing-wen’s Ph.D. might have been forged, President Tsai Ing-wen wrote on her Facebook page during the afternoon that she would “officially file a lawsuit!” “After preparing the relevant documents, I will take legal action against the relevant people and file a lawsuit.”
- In response to Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s recent mocking of her “Taiwan values” as ludicrous, President Tsai Ing-wen said during an interview on Wednesday (Aug. 28), “People's trust is vested in the hope that elected officials will do their job right every day and not that they will become famous commentators and verbally fight each other.”
- Tsai said in a video addressing the American Legion on Wednesday (Aug. 28), “The Chinese government is a power that spreads fake news to stir up trouble and disunion in a free and open society … As long as I am in power, Taiwan will not succumb to pressure … We purchase military equipment not to initiate conflicts, but as we all know, only real [military] capabilities will cause powers to have a second thought … We will absolutely not seek to come into conflict with China, but we would like to ask China to respect our democratic system … We will not provoke China on purpose, but we are also not so ignorant as to not know what China is attempting to do.”
- In response to Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je questioning her “Taiwan values,” Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said Monday (Aug. 26), “These are shown in my many polices and handling of administrative matters, including responses to the model of ‘one country, two systems for Taiwan,’ and to ‘Hong Kong’s anti-extradition movement.’ Moreover, since taking office, I have defended the democratic lifestyle of Taiwan’s people. Regarding national defense, I have been making great strides, striving to strengthen our country’s self-defense capabilities. All these show my Taiwan values.”
Han Kuo-yu (Chinese Nationalist Party [KMT] presidential nominee) [ Chinese version ]
- [Wrong interpretation of the ‘phoenix and chicken,’ again]
Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu has drawn criticism over his comment that “phoenixes flying away and a bunch of chickens coming in,” which some have alleged were a reference to Taiwan’s brain drain and the inflow of migrant workers. During a video livestream, he attempted to clarify the contentious remarks, saying he was referring to complaints he had received from Customs about the surge of visitors from New Southbound Policy countries seeking prostitution or other illegal employment. Note: This statement has been denied by the Customs Administration, which says the matter should be handled by the National Immigration Agency.
- Speaking at a conference on the evening of Sept. 3, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu said that “The people of Taiwan have been suffering for more than three years. The Three People’s Principles are unpopular; people’s minds and hearts are changing. I don’t see any industry in Taiwan that is full of confidence looking towards the future, there is uncertainty everywhere. The Tsai government has not attended to all of its duties, which has only increased cross-strait tensions.”
- Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential nominee and Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu told reporters during a visit to Changhua on Sunday (Sept. 1) that it would be very suitable for Changhua to develop an “amateur racing” industry chain, which would be complement Kaohsiung’s love industry chain.
- Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu said on Sunday (Sept. 1) that since former Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou is a holder of the rare honorable membership card issued by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and that the party is a big family, he welcomes Gou to stand together with the party to fight for the 2020 presidential election make Taiwan more secure and its people richer.
- When asked about his response to Hong Kong’s anti-extradition protests on Saturday (Aug. 31) seeing the most violent conflict between police and protestors in three months, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu said only “Thank you" and declined to comment further.
- Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu held a press conference to brief the public on business recruitment meetings for the "Love Ferris Wheel" on Friday (Aug. 30). The mayor said three of the four planned construction sites are within the Kaohsiung Harbor area, which falls under central government jurisdiction. Hence, he said, the planned location of the Ferris wheel is still unsettled. In response, Premier Su Tseng-chung said in an interview on Saturday (Aug. 31), “No concrete plans about the project in sight. It’s hoped that mayor Han will become `practical.’” A professor at the Department of Land Economics, National Chengchi University, commented on the issue in a Facebook post by saying, “With no plans coming out for the project, the empty talk is just ridiculous!”
- During the "Love Ferris Wheel" press conference on Friday (Aug. 30), Han Kuo-yu said, “A total of 31 enterprises, 59 VIPs, from as far as Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, and Japan, called to express their interest in attending the business recruitment meetings. This is a NT$10 billion investment project that can create 3,000 job opportunities.”
- On a live broadcast on August 29 at noon, while discussing the topic of high-level brain drain, Han Kuo-yu said “the phoenixes have flown away, but a whole bunch of chickens have come in.”
Afterward, Han explained: “I was just afraid that our own talent was leaving, while outside talent was not coming in either, which would have a rather large impact on Taiwan’s future economic competitiveness; I was just talking very fast, and because I was born under the sign of the chicken myself, I immediately thought of chickens.”
About Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu’s comments on August 28 that youngsters account for 52 percent of drug users, the Ministry of Interior struck back with concrete data showing that of the people caught with drugs in 2017 and 2018, minors only accounted for 0.39 percent and 0.37 percent respectively. On August 29, Han explained that by youngsters, he meant “people under the age of 24, therefore of those under the age of 24, those aged 16, 17 and 18 account for about 52 percent.”
Ko Wen-je (potential candidate) [ Chinese version ]
- [No easy task to sway voters]
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) founded the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) in what some interpreted as a move to aid Foxconn founder Terry Gou in his potential 2020 bid for the presidency. However, a poll suggests that instead of turning to Gou, TPP supporters are switching their allegiance to Tsai. The poll results have been dismissed by Ko, who said on Sept. 4 that it is not easy to sway his staunch supporters.
- [Let bygones be bygones]
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je once said, “Families of 228 victims like us hate mainlanders,” remarks which brought him criticism. He defended himself on Sept. 4, saying that his remarks just reflected the anti-mainlander sentiment that has permeated through his family since childhood. Seven decades have passed since the 228 incident, and it is time that people moved on, said Ko.
- In an interview on Sept. 3, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said that he remains in the “green camp” and that his light (green) color has remained unchanged. While discussing Hong Kong, Ko pointed out that it is important to advise China rationally, rather than lashing out to condemn China. For better or worse, he suggested it is not productive to continually incite China’s anger.
- As Hong Kong’s anti-extradition protests become ever more intense, Hong Kong police have been entering subways to arrest protestors. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said on Monday (Sept. 2), “China should face the basic question of why Hong Kong people are discontented. If not, and in case the June Fourth Incident (1989 Tiananmen Square protest) is repeated, China will face economic sanctions from Western countries, and its economy will go back 20 years.”
Ko added, “A democratic and free Taiwan being left alone is not a bad thing for China because the evolution of Taiwan into a democracy can serve as a reference point for China. It’s recommended that China look at Taiwan’s history when handling the Hong Kong issue. Don’t put the blame on the C.I.A. and the cooperation between Taiwan independence and Hong Kong independence movements, while not doing anything to settle public discontent.”
- After foreign media reported on Monday (Sept. 2) that Taiwan’s Pacific ally, Solomon Islands, will make a decision to switch ties to China, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said that it’s an international trend and hard for Taiwan to maintain its allies. Even if the president does “call China out,” Taiwan’s allies will be picked off by China one by one, and the only difference is the speed of the process, Ko said. “Even if we don’t have any allies, we want to be able to survive well.”
- Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said on Monday (Sept. 2), “When the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was holding its 2020 presidential primary, the blue camp tried to influence the vote to benefit Tsai; and when the KMT was holding its primary, the green camp did the same in Han’s favor. Taiwanese are so mischievous!”
- In response to the escalating conflicts between civilian protesters and the police force in Hong Kong on Saturday (Aug. 31), Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said in an interview on Sunday (Sept. 1), “Beijing has to buckle down and solve the problem by facing it.”
- When asked on Saturday (Aug. 31) whether the nomination process for legislative candidates, which he called "waging political warfare to get rid of enemies," is not too ruthless, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said on Sunday (Sept. 1) that the nomination is sure to pull votes away from the blue camp (KMT) and green camp (DDP) alike, adding that since his policy is to break away from the influence of both the blue and green coalitions, “just let nature take its course. Whatever will be, will be.”
- Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je has said, “If Terry Gou is not going to run for president, he will ask People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong to nominate me as his party’s candidate.” When asked on Sunday (Sept. 1) whether he was trying to advance himself at the expense of the PFP, Ko said, “How could I do anything at the expense of the PFP?”
- When asked whether Foxconn founder Terry Gou entering the presidential race meant they would not be cooperating in the future, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said on Saturday (Aug. 31), “I don’t know. Just let nature take its course. I feel it’s good enough to live every day earnestly and happily.”
- Ko Wen-je talked about life and death in a speech on Saturday (Aug. 31), sharing the wisdom gained from working on the emergency ward of a hospital. He said, “When you can look at life and death lightly, then success and failure will not bother you anymore.” He added, “People will eventually die. What on earth are they competing against each other for? For example, when China President Xi Jinping canceled the term limit for the country’s president, did he think he could live forever? He acted that way because he did not understand the mortality of human beings.”
- Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je said on Friday (Aug. 30), “If Tsai Ing-wen wins the 2020 Taiwanese presidential election, she will definitely retaliate against me.” Ko also said: “If Terry Guo is not running for the 2020 Taiwan presidency, I will ask James Soong to nominate me after Sept. 17.” (Note: James Soong is chair of the People First Party, which is eligible to nominate one president candidate.)
- The wife of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) 2020 presidential candidate Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu, Lee Chia-fen, petitioned the Ministry of Interior about the imminent demolition of her farmhouse in Gukeng, Yunlin County, due to building violations. She quickly sold the property to a member of the public of NT$8 million.
On this topic, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je said during an interview on August 29: “During an election campaign, you let people see this kind of pattern, people who run for president should not get entangled for NT$8 million and be seen through by people.” “It’s a strategic mistake, just demolish it and do away with it,” “sacrifice the knights in order to save the king,” “it’s only if you give up something that you can gain other things.” “If you just look at it purely from the angle of a campaign strategy, this whole action is wrong.” “You want to run for president, and for just NT$8 million you just run around everywhere, just demolish it and it’s over.”
- Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je repeatedly asked President Tsai Ing-wen what she meant with the term “Taiwan values.” To her reply that the values were sovereignty, security, the continuation of a free and democratic way of life, and those are all things Tsai is practicing each day,”
Ko asked again on August 29 whether his past actions had not conformed to those Taiwan values.
- On Wednesday (Aug. 28) night, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je joined an online streaming program hosted by social commentator and online celebrity Holder Chen, where he said that the “Media’s fourth estate status is demeaned by devoting 70 percent of reports to one person (Han Kuo-yu). It’s way out of bounds. CTN TV should just change its name to Han’s TV. Want Want China Times Group chairman Tsai Eng-meng’s way of loving Taiwan is not commendable at all.” Ko also said, “Taiwan is a country, but not a normal country, because only two percent of the world recognizes us.”
When asked the question, “If Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election comes down to a head-to-head dual between President Tsai Ing-wen and Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu, who will you support?” Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je responded by saying, “I will go for an outing and be very angry. I wouldn't like to see the election evolve into such a situation because the election will then become very boring and dirty as the two camps sling mud at each other instead of discussing how to rule the country after being elected president.”
- Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said on Wednesday (Aug. 28) that administering a country is far more difficult than administering a city. As Kaohsiung City was governed by the green camp (Democratic Progressive Party), he claimed that it’s more difficult to administer Kaohsiung than Taipei, and therefore Mayor Han Kuo-yu has been burning the candle at both ends between his mayoral duties and presidential campaign.
- Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je told reporters on Tuesday (Aug. 27) that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) needs to have someone take responsibility for its defeat in the 2018 Kaohsiung mayoral election, as it is important in politics to put the saddle on the right horse. Ko added that Kaohsiung's former DPP Mayor Chen Chu should be held accountable. However, President Tsai Ing-wen cannot break away from the DPP’s New Trend faction, to which Chen belongs, because “Tsai would not have been able to stop former Premier William Lai from challenging her position if Chen was not on her side,” Ko said.
- Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je criticized Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential nominee Han Kuo-yu during an exclusive interview on Monday (Aug. 26). “In more than 100 years of Taiwanese history, it had never happened before Han that a mayor went off to run for president in the first month of assuming office,” he said. “It’s very unfair to Kaohsiung citizens. Therefore, to this day, there has been no municipal administration in Kaohsiung to speak of.”
Ko stated that “Administering a country is not easy at all. Where Han got that confidence from is incomprehensible.”
Ko added that while Han had anticipated a Ko candidacy early on, he was actually hoping Ko would jump into the race to take a chunk of President Tsai's voters away from her. Ko went on to say, “If I don’t run for president, Han will not have the moral justification to carry on. Han didn’t leave his selfishness behind, and [he] miscalculated the situation, as he didn’t think I would be so indifferent about the pursuit of a presidential ambition.”
Ko remarked, “Han showed a stack of official documents taller than a person in a live broadcast to show he was actually doing something. It’s funny to see how he stacked up the official documents because the Taipei City government adopted electronic official documents long ago. If someone sent red portfolios containing emergency official documents to the mayor’s office, they would usually receive a scolding for the long time it takes to convert the papers into electric files. Nobody is competing over whose stack of official documents is higher nowadays. Han’s behavior is really ridiculous.”
- Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je was asked by reporters on Monday (Aug. 26) whether the Taiwan People’s Party will continue to take in people marginalized by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Ko said, “What enemies desire is not what I want, and what enemies don’t desire is what I want.”
- In response to those who are skeptical about Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s arguments on the cross-strait relationship, Ko told reporters that he scored 65 points for the U.S. and 55 points for China. He added, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen scored 85 points for the U.S., but zero points for China. He added that since Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu has not been to Washington yet, it is only when he comes back alive that he can he be considered to have passed the test.
Terry Gou (possible candidate) [ Chinese version ]
- On the morning of Sept. 3, Foxconn founder Terry Gou stated “Money has no color, technology has no color, and everyone is concerned about developing the economy. I am planning ahead today, because the Taiwan economy has been stagnant for 20 years. Moreover, as the parties rotate in and out of power, ideology has come to govern the country and has put Taiwan in this predicament. I want to break the mold of blue vs. green and hope to revamp Taiwan’s economy.”
- On Taiwan’s Armed Forces Day (Sept. 3), Terry Gou said in a Facebook post that police officers who care for the people and abide by the law should be respected by society and supported by the government.
- Foxconn founder Terry Gou’s office said on Monday (Sept. 2), “If Terry Gou decides to run for Taiwan president, he will join the race as an independent, free from influence of any political party. Gou’s decision to join the race has nothing to do with China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, and he is not expecting the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to replace its nominee, Han Kuo-yu, with someone else. Even if the KMT makes changes regarding the election, Gou will not represent the KMT.”
Gou’s office added, “Mr. Gou is willing to debate President Tsai Ing-wen on Taiwan’s industrial structure and the country’s future.”
- Foxconn founder Terry Gou took to Facebook on Sunday (Sept. 1) with the slogans of “industrial diplomacy,” “economy in and politics out,” and “economy in and special interests out,” and vowing to revive the spirit of pragmatic economic diplomacy that marked the era of former President Chiang Ching-kuo and former Premier Sun Yun-suan. He also emphasized that the policy of the government raising young children is not merely empty talk.
- When asked by media on Sunday (Sept. 1) whether he would ask Hou Ming-feng, MD, an elder brother of New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi, to be his running mate, Foxconn founder Terry Gou said, “Hou Ming-feng is absolutely a suitable pick for running mate, but many things evaporate after they go public. So if media wants it to become a reality, they had better stop asking about it. A good doctor can save people’s lives in his professional field, but can also save the country’s life like Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je.”
- Foxconn founder Terry Gou was invited to make a speech on Sunday (Sept. 1). During the speech, he said that Taiwan is faced with four crises, including the national security crisis, constitutional government system crisis, identification crisis, and transformation crisis. He mentioned that while the Hong Kong issue and US-China trade war have escalated into technological and economic warfare, the Republic of China (Taiwan) is facing the serious issues of transformation, political infighting, and industrial development not connected to the current situation, and changing international situations, all of which will redefine the crisis across the Taiwan Strait.
In his speech, Gou put forth four objectives for Taiwan: peace, stability, economy, and the future. He said that if he has the chance to serve the country’s people, he will definitely not take the job to make money but will contribute his experience and make the country a better homeland for the people. He opined that Taiwan must catch up to world trends as quickly as possible, develop healthy industries, smart technologies, and boost the economy. He also criticized President Tsai Ing-wen, saying the ROC is not in her mind because she has been spending the country’s money on her campaign.
- Media reported on Saturday (Aug. 31) that Foxconn founder Terry Guo intends for his vice-presidential running mate to be someone who is “a native Taiwanese, hails from southern Taiwan, or a female.”
- Foxconn founder Terry Gou returned to Taiwan from the Middle East on Friday (Aug. 30) and refused all media interviews. Even so, Guo’s adviser revealed that, “If Terry Guo is to run for Taiwan president, he inclines to be nominated independently.”
- On August 29, Foxconn Technology founder Terry Gou was visiting the Middle East at the invitation of Softbank founder Masayoshi Son. Advisers at Gou’s office revealed that he had met an advisor to the Saudi royal family and the minister of commerce, and would visit funds and energy traders in order to understand energy purchases and other related policies.
- Media reports said on Wednesday (Aug. 28) that Foxconn billionaire Terry Gou has joined hands with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, the chairman of Taiwan People Party; former Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyn; and People First Party Chairman James Soong, and that Gou will announce his presidential bid in mid-September.
- Foxconn Technology founder Terry Gou (郭台銘) wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday (Aug. 27) that he had once heard the text of a coffee commercial going “you have to waste your time on something beautiful.”
“At the Young Coffee Shop, I talked to social workers caring for young sufferers of early onset dementia. Their stories are heartbreaking, as we usually use time to record memories and to lose them, but early onset dementia victims lose what they should remember or should forget bit by bit,” Gou wrote.
- Media reports have suggested that Foxconn founder Terry Gou visited tarot card master Su Jen-tsung in June to have his fortune told. In response, Gou said in a Facebook post on Monday (Aug. 26) night, “Several months ago, Su asked to have a meeting with me, via my fans, saying he had been through a lot, including a serious illness, and that meeting with me was his lifetime wish. Out of consideration for the love I have for my fans and out of respect for someone who is older than me and not well, I met with Mr. Su for 30 minutes. However, photos of my warm, private meeting with Mr. Su and his family were leaked by ill-intentioned people. Mr. Su didn’t mention anything related to the election results.”