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Foxconn's Gou Runs for Taiwan President, Citing Message From Sea Goddess

  • Wealth, fame bring attention to campaign -- and pose liability
  • Gou said Chinese sea goddess Mazu had encouraged his bid
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Foxconn Founder Runs For President
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Foxconn founder Terry Gou announced Wednesday he’s running for Taiwan’s presidency, shaking up a race that will determine whether the island moves closer to China.

The Taiwanese billionaire said he would seek the nomination of the China-friendly opposition Kuomintang party in next year’s election, a process expected to play out in the coming weeks. He’s looking to unseat President Tsai Ing-wen, whose Democratic Progressive Party advocates a more decisive break from the mainland.