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Terry Gou's China ties complicate his Taiwan presidential run

Foxconn's mainland footprint stokes conflict-of-interest concerns

TAIPEI -- Terry Gou's entry into the Taiwanese presidential race has raised questions as to whether the Foxconn founder and chairman, known to have close ties to Chinese President Xi Jinping, can truly serve Taiwan's best interests when he built his business empire on the mainland.

Gou announced his decision to seek the nomination of the China-friendly Kuomintang at a ceremony Wednesday to honor his financial contributions to the party. He said that he had visited a shrine to the sea goddess Mazu in a Taipei suburb where he had spent his childhood and that she had appeared to him in a dream, telling him to run and bring peace and prosperity to Taiwan.

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