Foxconn founder Terry Guo, 72, has announced his intentions to join the race for president in Taiwan's important 2024 elections amid aggression and threats of invasion by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
In comments to the press, Mr. Guo, the billionaire founder of the major Apple Inc. supplier, said that Taiwan "absolutely cannot be the next Ukraine" and that he will not allow "Taiwan to be the next Ukraine."
He asked the Taiwanese people to give him four years, promising that he will bring peace to the Taiwan Strait for the next 50 years.
The race currently has four candidates—Vice President Lai Ching-te (or William Lai, 63) from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Hou Yu-ih, 66, from the Kuomintang party, Ko Wen-je, 64, from the Taiwan People's Party, and Su Huan-chih from the Taiwan Renewal Party. It will be closely watched as the outcome will shape the CCP's influence in the region.
Mr. Guo will run as an independent. He previously made a presidential bid in 2019, stepping down as Foxconn chief to run as a Kuomintang party candidate. The Kuomintang traditionally favors close ties with China. But he failed to win the party's nomination in the primary and dropped out of the race.
The election is scheduled for Jan. 13, 2024, with the winner scheduled to be inaugurated on May 20, 2024.
President Tsai Ing-wen, who has served two terms, is ineligible for a third according to Taiwan's Constitution.