(Central News Agency reporter Ye Suping, Taipei, 20th) Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Lai Qingde shared a photo with Representative Hsiao Meiqin via Facebook today, and announced that he will formally announce the invitation to Hsiao Meiqin to become his running mate in the 2024 presidential election this afternoon. He said , “This is the decision that everyone has been waiting for, and it is also the best decision.”
Lai Qingde also said that during this period, after seeing the turmoil caused by the Blue and White alliance, he has repeatedly emphasized that cooperation without a basis of mutual trust, even if it does become a campaign combination in the end, will be a combination that appears to be inseparable and divides the spoils of power. Any cooperation that does not share the same philosophy and common values will eventually cause greater chaos and will not be a blessing to the country.
Xiao Meiqin’s profile
- Birthday: August 7, 1971
- Place of birth: Japan
- Education: Master of Political Science, Columbia University
- Experience: Legislator (5th, 6th, 8th, 9th term), Chairman of the Asian Alliance for Democracy and Freedom, Vice Chairman of the International Alliance of Liberal Political Parties, Advisory Member of the Mainland Affairs Council of the Executive Yuan, Director of the Straits Exchange Foundation, Director of the International Affairs Department of the Democratic Progressive Party, Democratic Progressive Party Secretary-General of the Communist Party’s Legislative Yuan and Representative to the United States
Take a photo. He said that the early morning temperatures in Taipei these days reminded him of the weather in Washington, D.C., three years ago when he and President Tsai Ing-wen visited the United States in February just after they won the election. Although the temperature is a bit cold, the cloudless sky, illuminated by the sun, makes people full of hope.
He said that his traveling companions visited the Lincoln Memorial, which symbolizes America’s pursuit of democracy, freedom and human rights. It is also the location where Nobel Peace Prize winner Rev. Martin Luther delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. . At that time, he also took a group photo in front of the memorial hall with his companion Xiao Meiqin, and left this photo.
Lai Ching-te said that at that time, they may not have imagined that the COVID-19 epidemic that was beginning to spread would soon affect everyone in the world, and would also cause subsequent changes in the interactive relationship between Taiwan and other countries. A few months after they returned from their trip to China, Hsiao Meiqin officially became the representative in the United States, and immediately began to work on diplomatic relations between Taiwan and the United States. During the epidemic, she promoted mutual support of anti-epidemic materials between Taiwan and the United States, such a good cycle.
Lai Qingde said that Xiao Meiqin’s diplomatic performance in the United States in recent years has long been praised by the public and international friends, and has also achieved unprecedented close interaction in Taiwan-US relations in the past few years. He believes that Hsiao Meiqin is definitely a leader in Taiwan’s diplomatic work today and a rare diplomatic talent in the country.
He predicted that he would officially announce to the public this afternoon that he would invite Xiao Meiqin to be my running mate in the 2024 presidential election. He believed that this was the decision that everyone expected and the best decision.
Lai Qingde believes that compared with the chaos of Blue and White, the team he leads is definitely a well-prepared team that can withstand the test. Under President Tsai Ing-wen’s eight-year rule, he is confident that together with Xiao Meiqin, in the last 50 years In the past few days, we have gathered the consensus of the people and united all forces to win the election, allowing Taiwan to continue to grow on a steady path forward. We ask the people to firmly support us and join them in facing the final victory. (Editor: Su Longqi) 1121120