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Tsai says no plans to run for mayor of Taipei

LOS ANGELES--Tsai Ing-wen, a former chairwoman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) who made an unsuccessful bid for the presidency early this year, said Saturday she has no plan to run for Taipei mayor at the end of 2014.

On a trip to the United States to thank her supporters, Tsai brushed aside a possible run for mayor in Taipei after local media reported that polls by the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) found Tsai to have more support in the city than two KMT hopefuls, Vice Premier Jiang Yi-huah and KMT Central Standing Committee member Sean Lien.

Meanwhile, Tsai said she did not have any plans to visit China at present after Frank Hsieh, a senior DPP figure, traveled to China in early October.

Hsieh's trip drew attention to possible change in the DPP's stance on China, which is far less accommodating of Beijing than that of the KMT and one that some observers believe cost Tsai the Jan. 14 presidential election against incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou.

Tsai said she hoped the DPP maintains its fundamental stances and values, based on the party's 1999 "Resolution on Taiwan's Future," when interacting with China.

According to the resolution, Taiwan is called the Republic of China in the Constitution, but Taiwan does not fall under the jurisdiction of the People's Republic of China, Tsai said.

Engagements with China should only be allowed if they do not threaten national sovereignty, Tsai added.

Tsai was scheduled to attend a sold-out fundraiser for more than 700 people later Saturday in Los Angeles, the first leg of her visit to the U.S.

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