If elected, Gou will probably meet with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen in the 2020 election, scheduled for January 11.
Tsai announced that she intended to run in February this year after blowing local electoral elections in 2018 so her democratic progressive party (DPP) hemorrhaging votes the island.
DPP has traditionally preferred features towards formalizing Taiwan's de facto independence from China. Since she took power in 2016, Tsai has been trying to diversify the island's economy from being too dependent on her big neighbor while pushing back on what she sees as Pant's aggressive expansionism.
In turn, Beijing has maintained pressure on Taiwan, which is carrying out large-scale military exercises around the island, including sailing the Liaoning airline through the Taiwan Strait. Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke to Taiwan in January to embrace "peaceful reunification" with China, saying independence was a "death".
Should he become president, Gou will probably be challenged to repair this relationship, while keeping Taiwan's traditionally strong ties with Washington.
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1; Foxconn has made billions through deep involvement in the Chinese economy, many of its factories are based, producing electronics for many American tech companies, most especially Apple .
Gou himself also has strong ties to the United States, and has met US President Donald Trump, who has called him "a friend of mine" and "one of the most successful businessmen in the world."
People's Daily, a mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, said Wednesday that "Gou has a unique advantage in dealing with Taiwan-Mainland relations and the United States."
Taiwan will elect its next president on January 11, 2020.
Blessings from a goddess
Gou announced his candidacy this week after visiting a temple in Taipei dedicated to the Taoist deity Mazu, guardian of sailors.
Having a bright red bag and a baseball cap showing the flag of the Republic of China – the official name of Taiwan – Gou said that Mazu had given her a blessing to his candidacy.
"If Mazu says you're going up, it's not for making money or for personal enjoyment," Gou told reporters. "I'm telling you, I'm like a god to Mazu … I'll definitely respect and follow Mazu's will."
Speak later at KMT's headquarters – still wearing his hood – Gou said he was "willing to to participate in the primary election. "
" I am not willing to accept being appointed (without being elected), I am definitely not willing to be appointed. If elected, I will represent the Kuomintang in the 2020 competition , "he said. "If I'm not selected, it means I didn't try hard enough."
Foxconn said in a statement that Gou would only lead to the president, "if the primary process – still determined by party leadership – is open, transparent and grounded."
"When and if this provision is made, Mr. Gou ran in KMT's primary to seek the party's nomination for president, "a spokeswoman said.
In addition to Mazu, Gou may have been inspired by another source: Trump. According to several media reports, the Foxconn leader is rumored to have been inspired by Trump's 2016 race, and began thinking that he could also be president.
Margaret Lewis, an expert at Taiwan at Seton Hall University School of Law, compared Gous's candidacy to Trumps, and warned against underestimating the Taiwanese billionaire.
"Although he is obviously wrong in many ways as a candidate, populism can be strong," she said. "It would be a mistake to treat his races too easily."
While Gou is definitely an outside candidate – according to state media, he has not been a KMT member since 2000 – he has received support from key figures, with former leader and president of Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou, he said was "a ideal candidate. "
Lev Nachman, an expert in Taiwan's politics at the University of California, Irvine, said that Gou had one thing in particular that KMT needed: Financing.
"Terry Gou is one of the richest businessmen in Taiwan and will mainly be able to fund his own campaign," he said. "It's a great deal for KMT right now."