Terry Gou, the man behind the iPhone, is running for President of Taiwan again.

TAIPEI (Reuters) Terry Gou, the millionaire founder of Foxconn, wants to become Taiwan's next president after mastering iPhone manufacturing.

Gou, 72, is trying to unite a splintered opposition amid escalating tensions with China,

which he blames on the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) antipathy to Beijing.

The DPP-led administration has often sought discussions with Beijing but been rejected, blaming China for tensions.

Gou said on Monday that he must convince the Kuomintang (KMT) and Taiwan People's Party to work together to "take down the DPP".

Gou failed to win the KMT presidential ticket before running as an independent on Monday.

But his forthright language and economic savvy have brought crowds to Gou's pseudo-campaign events across Taiwan before his declaration.

"He's a straight-talking political outsider," stated Australian National University Taiwan Studies Program political scientist Sung Wen-Ti.

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