Billboard supporting KMT mayoral candidates Sean Lien and Jason Hu emerges in Shanghai

A single campaign billboard posted in Shanghai is sparking controversy across the Taiwan Strait. It asks people to rescue Taipei and Taichung by casting their votes for KMT candidates. DPP Legislator Tsai Huang-liang calls it another example of China meddling in Taiwanese elections. This billboard supporting KMT Taipei mayoral candidate Sean Lien and incumbent Taichung Mayor Jason Hu is visible outside the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center.Voice of Taiwanese BusinessmanOur campaign activities include meetings as well as text messages and phone calls inviting people to a meal. We wouldn’t put a large billboard like this outside.Legislator Tsai Huang-liang raised concerns that erecting a billboard related to Taiwanese elections in Shanghai must have received approval from Chinese officials.Tsai Huang-liangDPP LegislatorIn the past, Chinese officials have been supportive of KMT candidates and have worked secretively. But now they have openly posted this billboard to support Sean Lien and Jason Hu.Lawmakers say the Association of Taiwan Investment Enterprises on the Mainland, a group backed by the Chinese government, is sponsoring discount airline tickets until the morning of the vote on Nov. 29.A few overseas Taiwanese students who support independent candidate Ko Wen-je in the Taipei election are launching their own appeal to netizens, hoping to fund a return trip to Taiwan to allow them to cast their votes. This action has inspired other Taiwanese living in Bangkok and Vietnam to make similar requests.


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