Taipei Times: Tseng pledges to deliver on KMT chair by-election

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Acting Secretary-General William Tseng (曾銘宗) yesterday said that he would be fully responsible for organizing the party’s chairperson by-election following concerns over KMT Acting Chairman Lin Rong-te’s (林榮德) ties with China, while young party members called for a debate on the party’s cross-strait platform.

The KMT had initially announced after a routine committee meeting earlier on Wednesday that no acting chairperson had been appointed and that Tseng would handle party affairs during the transition period.

However, the extraordinary meeting — of which some of the party’s upper management were reportedly unaware — was held minutes later, resulting in Lin’s selection.

Following the decision, questions have been raised about Lin’s ties with China, as he is a consultant for the Association of Taiwan Investment Enterprises on the Mainland.

Prior to becoming a consultant, Lin had also been a deputy chief supervisor and deputy president of the association.

The organization advocates unification with China and has close ties to China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), with TAO Minister Liu Jieyi (劉結一) and TAO Deputy Minister Fei Jinjin (斐金佳) serving as its head consultants.

Asked about Lin’s ties with China, Tseng yesterday said that Lin had conducted business in China and would only be acting chairman until the by-election on March 7.

Separately yesterday, KMT Youth League head Tien Fang-luen (田方倫) said that the group hopes to hold forums and debates among the party’s young members on adjusting the KMT’s cross-strait stance.

If the conclusion is that the party should keep the so-called “1992 consensus,” then everyone would support the decision, he said.

Otherwise, young party members would work to find a new cross-strait approach they can all agree on and propose the idea to KMT headquarters, he added.

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