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Chen Chien-jen receives positive review at the youth forum

Chen Chien-jen receives positive review at the youth forum

Chu, Soong, Chen debate at youth forum

Chen Chien-jen, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice presidential candidate attended the "dialogue with youth" forum to address youth issues Sunday evening. Chen, a political novice, however, has received an overall positive performance review throughout the forum.

Praised as "a breath of fresh air," Chen responded to the comment with a modest remark, saying that he had done his best in explaining the DPP's policies on youth career development, housing issues, university development and so forth, and that he believes the youth had seen his efforts.

At a student-led forum, Eric Chu, the Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate, James Soong, the People First Party (PFP) presidential candidate, and Chen Chien-jen, attended a forum to debate youth issues on Sunday.

Organized by seven universities, including National Taiwan University, National Chengchi University, National Tsing Hua University, and National Cheng Kung University, etc., the “dialogue with youth” forum took place at the National Taiwan University Sports Center.

Chen: Ma’s empty promises show lack of execution

Fuel was added to the debate when Chen Chien-jen criticized Ma’s administration for breaking the “633” promise (six percent annual economic growth, unemployment rate of less than three percent, and per capita GDP of US$30,000), and had turned it into “142”: one percent economic growth, unemployment rate of four percent, and per capita GDP of US$20,000.

Chu and Soong on the other hand, criticized Tsai for missing the event.
“It is very important to talk with the youth,” said Chu in an interview. “Perhaps Tsai thinks she has won the election.”

“Leaders are chosen to provide a better future for the next generation,” said Soong, expressing his regret for the absence of Tsai. “Not just her but everyone is busy, including me.”

In defense of Tsai, Chen said that Tsai’s schedule was set long ago, and that he had hoped to have the chance to talk with the youth. “The event should be a channel for exchange of honest opinions, rather than for political rows,” said Chen.

Chu criticized Tsai’s social housing and pension reform policy

It was estimated that around 1.29 million of young people will be voting for the first time in this election, making a grab for youth votes an important strategy for the candidates.

Chu, Soong, and Chen on Sunday exchanged their opinions on advanced education, youth career development, housing issues, tax system, and pension reform. During the exchange, Chen’s continuous calls on support for politicians who can deliver their promises were seen as an innuendo aimed at Chu.

On Chu’s side, he chided Tsai’s policy on social housing and pension reform. As for Soong, he had focused on the “16 years of infamy,” referring to the ruling of both KMT and the DPP.

Soong: candidates should face the young people

While Chu reiterated that he will carry the responsibility for the KMT, Soong stated that the value of democracy lies in the obligation to face the people.

Updated : 2021-09-25 16:35 GMT+08:00