James Soong said this would be his fourth and final race for the presidency. Photo: Central News Agency

Veteran Taiwan politician James Soong to seek presidency in blow to Beijing’s hopes for unified challenge to Tsai Ing-wen

  • Decision by People’s First Party chairman risks splitting the mainland-friendly vote and may help current leader’s chances of staying in power
  • Beijing is believed to favour Kuomintang candidate Han Kuo-yu as best hope of removing thorn in its side
Topic |   Taiwan elections 2020

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James Soong said this would be his fourth and final race for the presidency. Photo: Central News Agency
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Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung covers major news in Taiwan, ranging from presidential and parliament elections to killer earthquakes and typhoons. Most of his reports focus on Taiwan’s relations with China, specifically on the impact and possible developments of cross-strait relations under the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party and mainland-friendly Kuomintang governments. Before starting work at the South China Morning Post in 2006, he wrote for Reuters and AFP for more than 12 years.