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China Times: Is Eric Chu really not a second Ma Ying-jeou?

China Times: Is Eric Chu really not a second Ma Ying-jeou?

After many twists and turns, the ruling Kuomintang finally replaced Hung Hsiu-chu (???) with Eric Chu (???) as its 2016 presidential candidate. The next problem is for Chu to prove in the shortest period of time that he is more suitable than Hung to represent the KMT, and to prove that he is more suitable than the Democratic Progressive Party's Tsai Ing-wen (???) to assume the position of Republic of China president. More importantly, he needs to prove that he is not a second Ma Ying-jeou (???) and that he will do better than Ma. Most people have had their own judgment of Ma's performance during his eight years as president. However, much is still left to the imagination on how Tsai will perform. That is why her support ratings have remained high. If Chu cannot get out of Ma's shadow, he will not be able to battle Tsai. Before working to highlight his contrast with Tsai, Chu first needs to highlight his contrast with Ma. For example, Chu needs to demonstrate the differences between himself and Ma in terms of governance style. Also, Chu needs to highlight his contrast with Ma on policy arguments, particularly cross-Taiwan Strait policy. In this election campaign, Tsai has been repeating the vague promise of "maintaining the status quo" without putting forth any cross-strait policy. Chu has made much effort to prove that Hung's "one China, same interpretation" goes against the KMT's cross-strait policy. But what is his own cross-strait policy? If he continues to tout Ma's "no unification, no independence, no use of force" policy and "one China, different interpretations," what difference will there be between him and Ma? Frankly, Chu has never seriously elaborated on his own cross-strait policy. Such ambiguity will eventually make it hard for him to differentiate from Tsai. If Tsai succeeds in creating the impression that there is not much difference between her and Chu in terms of cross-strait policy, she definitely will be the biggest winner. (Editorial abstract -- Oct. 23, 2015) (By Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-28 07:47 GMT+08:00