Wu’er Kaixi (吾爾開希), one of the student leaders during the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident, announced that he's running for a legislative position in Taiwan’s parliament. He's seeking to represent the district of Taichung and has made history as the first Mainland Chinese dissident to pursue a parliamentary seat in Taiwan.
The 46 year-old activist has been in a self-imposed exile in Taiwan and worked as a political commentator who frequently criticized the Chinese Communist Party.
During an interview with WSJ, Wu’er Kaixi commented that, "What Taiwan needs is someone who doesn’t fear the CCP, someone who has nothing to lose by challenging Beijing and someone who dares to speak the truth because there is no conflict of interests."
If Wu’er Kaixi wins a legislative seat in Taiwan’s parliament, it would be another political crisis for China.
This year has not been a good year for Chinese politics. First, they had to deal the worldwide attention of the protest in Hong Kong. Now, a Chinese dissident is running for office in Taiwan and has a legitimate shot at securing a seat.