Chen calls for end to party polarization

Chen calls for end to party polarization

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – During the televised debate Saturday, Democratic Progressive Party vice presidential candidate Chen Chien-jen called for an end to polarization and confrontation between the parties.
The former health minister was taking part in the only vice presidential debate of the campaign for the January 16 election with his Kuomintang rival Jennifer Wang and Minkuotang Chairwoman Hsu Hsin-ying, who was picked as running mate by People First Party Chairman James Soong.
Chen said that people from anywhere and from any political background could be friends and maintain harmonious relations. Political parties could set their rivalries from during the election campaign aside and work together for the common good of the people, the DPP candidate said.
During the debate, he told the story of how his father, the founder of the KMT “White Faction” in the Kaohsiung region, could be friendly with Yu Teng-fa, the leader of the “Black Faction” which later joined the DPP. At his father’s funeral, Yu read a eulogy and cried, Chen said.
The candidate also said how his own wife, whose family hailed from Nanjing in China, had trouble communicating with his father-in-law because the former spoke no Taiwanese while the latter did his best to talk in heavily accented Mandarin Chinese.
The examples showed how people could set political and ethnic differences aside and cooperate for the common good, Chen said.
Saturday’s debate was the only one between the vice presidential candidates, though they will have a chance to present their views, without interaction, during a broadcast on January 4.