James Soong says the reason he chose Xu is to form a coalition government and stop putting personal or partisan interests ahead of national interests. He wants to call an end to controversies among the parties and find back a mutual ideal. Soong says there are talents in every party, but they need to be integrated.
Tsai Ing-wen has released her five innovative research and development plans, including the establishment of an Asia-Pacific biotechnology pharmaceutical R&D center. Chen Chien-jen's joining in the election might be interpreted as the biotechnology industry likely being the emphasis out of the five development plans.
Zhang Hong-lin, CEO of the CCW, points out that those who blocked the bills are mostly KMT legislators, including Wang Jin-ping, Hung Shiu-chu and the Whip Fei Hung-tai. They have all refused to sign the pledge to show their commitment to reforming congress.
The police say that this might be the largest street protest in Seoul in the last seven years. The last one had 100 thousand protestors going to the streets against the import of US beef for fear of mad cow disease in 2008.
On November 11, a Taiwanese netizen said that the Chinese government was said to be testing out lifting the ban on Facebook for Chinese netizens to access it through campus networks. Therefore, a large number of Chinese netizens flooded Tsai's Facebook page, resulting in the fierce quarrel between netizens across the strait.