Three More Republicans Set to Join US Presidential Race
The field for the 2016 U.S. presidential election continues to grow with three prominent Republicans entering the race this week.
Ben Carson said in an interview Sunday he will run in the already crowded competition for his party's nomination. He planned a formal announcement at an event Monday in Detroit.
Carson rose to prominence two years ago with a speech criticizing President Barack Obama's landmark health care initiative, but has also drawn criticism for equating that program to slavery and for comments about homosexuality.
Also Monday, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina was due to announce her candidacy. She has some experience in national politics having served as an economic advisor to Senator John McCain during the 2008 presidential race he lost to Mr. Obama, as well as her own failed 2010 bid for a U.S. Senate seat.
Another candidate from 2008, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, plans to join the race on Tuesday.
China, Taiwan Discuss Relations
Chinese President Xi Jinping has met with Eric Chu, the visiting head of Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party, to discuss the continuing development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations. Mr. Xi is also the head of China's Communist Party.
Chu said before the meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Monday that he hopes Taiwan and China will continue to work for peace in the region and cooperate on issues such as environment and economy.
Chu, who is a likely presidential candidate in Taiwan next year, did not mention China's building of air strips and infrastructure in the disputed Spratley Islands, which are also claimed by several of China's neighbors, including Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Chu met Sunday with China's Politburo Standing Committee member Yu Zhengsheng in Shanghai. Yu suggested discussions related to Taiwan's role in the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
China wants Taiwan to participate, but not under its name, which would suggest the island is an independent country.