According to reports, Taiwan People's Party Chair Ko Wen-je and Kuomintang Chairperson Eric Chu may collaborate in the Kaohsiung and Taipei elections. The KMT will back the TPP's Kaohsiung City mayoral candidate in exchange for the TPP's support of Chiang Wan-an in the Taipei City mayoral election.
According to reports, Taiwan People's Party Chair and Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je intends to run in the 2024 presidential election. He will hold a spring banquet at the end of March with diplomats in attendance where he is expected to announce his foreign affairs and cross-strait policy blueprints.
Tsai Ping-kun, Deputy Mayor, Taipei City: “We continue to conduct many cultural exchanges with the embassies of countries in Taiwan. There is actually a lot of related interaction. It doesn't appear that the chances are high for a visit (by Ko Wen-je) to the US this year.”
The US government is also keeping an eye on potential presidential candidates. Kuomintang Chair Eric Chu is planning a visit in May to the US, where he is expected to call on important public figures and deliver a speech. Both Ko and Chu are actively making preparations. There is the possibility of cooperation between the two parties. According to reports, the KMT will back the TPP's Kaohsiung City mayoral candidate in exchange for the TPP's support of Chiang Wan-an in the Taipei City mayoral election.
Eric Chu, Chairperson, Kuomintang: “Everyone respects each other. Nothing will be announced through the media. (So there are no comity or exchanges.) Nothing will be announced through the media.”
Chiang Wan-an, Legislator (KMT): “I'm looking at it from the perspective of the people, and I hope to see unity between everyone and political parties placing the interests of the people above their own.”
When asked when he will formally declare his candidacy for Taipei City mayor, KMT Legislator Chiang Wan-an said the party's Taipei headquarters is prioritizing city councilor nominations and there will be a timetable after a certain period of time passes. Reports estimate that it will be in May.