Taipei-President Tsai Ing-wen (???) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will announce former Premier Lai Ching-te (???) Sunday as her running mate for her 2020 re-election bid, DPP sources said Saturday.
The announcement is expected at a press conference scheduled for Sunday morning in Taipei.
Both Tsai and Lai on Saturday attended the inauguration of Tsai's Kaohsiung campaign headquarters, vowing to defend the country's sovereignty and reject the "one country, two systems" principle, formulated by former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping (???) in the early 1980s.
The principle suggests there is only one China, but distinct regions such as Hong Kong and Macau can provisionally retain their own economic and administrative systems.
Taiwan will never accept the formula, which has devastated Hong Kong, turning university campuses into battlefields, Tsai said.
"We are not conquering the universe, and what Taiwanese want is to defend their own sovereignty, democracy and freedom," she said.
Lai, who stood against Tsai for the DPP's presidential nomination in June, urged members of the public to vote for her, adding that the election offers a chance for Taiwanese to fight for the country's destiny.
China has done everything it can to suppress Taiwan, preventing it from joining the International Civil Aviation Organization and World Health Organization, and it is time for the Taiwanese people to defend their sovereignty, Lai said.
Tsai faces a major challenge from Han Kuo-yu (???), Kaohsiung mayor and presidential candidate of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT), and his running mate former Premier Chang San-cheng (???).
Other candidates include People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (???) and running mate, Sandra Yu (??), the former chairwoman of advertising firm United Communications Group.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel