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Han Kuo-yui

Han Kuo-yu is one of the presidential candidates in the 2020 Taiwan election. The mayor of Kaohsiung, he is the Kuomintang party's candidate running against incumbent president Tsai Ing-wen.

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  • Chang Ya-chung, 66, has won over ‘deep blue’ Kuomintang members with his hardline pro-unification stance and scorn for Taiwan-centric rivals
  • As Chang also pulls ahead in opinion polls, the question remains whether he would make a viable presidential candidate were he to become KMT chief
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KMT’s multiple electoral failures are just the tip of the iceberg – the problem is incapable leadership. The party must seek reform or risk irrelevance.

Beijing must stop trying to buy Taiwanese hearts and minds with business deals, start talking to Tsai Ing-wen’s administration instead of the KMT, and soften its Taiwan policy.

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‘Result should be a warning to all politicians that the people can bestow power and can take it back,’ president says after Han Kuo-yu is ousted as Kaohsiung mayor.

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Han had been criticised for running as KMT candidate against the DPP incumbent, Tsai Ing-wen, just months after being elected mayor; if he is ousted, the fallout would mean a stronger DPP hold on Taiwan politics and a possible revamping of KMT leadership.

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After Taiwanese voters send a message to Beijing, analysts think it might retaliate, further complicating China’s strategic rivalry with Washington.

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The saying that Taiwan is just a ‘ballot away’ from Hong Kong is timely reminder abroad for those from the self-ruled island to go home and vote.President Tsai has said ‘Today’s Hong Kong; tomorrow’s Taiwan’, ahead of Saturday’s polls, in which she seeks re-election.

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Fudan team predicts independence-leaning president will be re-elected on Saturday with nearly 60 per cent of the vote, but research is taken down just hours later.

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In the final of a five-part series on Taiwan’s election, we look at how relations between Beijing, Taipei and Washington are affecting the presidential poll.

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In the second of a five-part series on a presidential race that will affect Beijing’s relations with Washington as well as Taipei, the Post focuses on the KMT’s candidate.

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President Tsai Ing-wen has won support from this group, analysts say, as she plays up ‘sense of crisis’ over Beijing and seeks to position herself as open-minded.

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A coalition formally submits a request for a vote on whether Han should be allowed to retain the city’s top job after agreeing to become the KMT’s presidential candidate.

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Tens of thousands march in Kaohsiung to demand recall of city’s mayor, who has fallen behind President Tsai Ing-wen less than a month before the election.

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Han Kuo-yu came from nowhere to win last year’s mayoral elections. Now, with 1.2 million ‘Han fans’ and rallies across Taiwan, ‘Bald Guy’ has his sights on the presidency after winning the KMT ticket.

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