Eric Chu

Will The DPP Lose Its Control Of Taiwan’s Six Special Municipalities?

With mayorship of all of Taiwan’s six special municipalities up for the vote in 2018 local elections, the DPP looks like it may have a tough time holding onto its current political dominance in four out of the six municipalities. Some take the view that DPP losses in these municipalities will allow the KMT to rebuild momentum, which is why DPP losses could be worrying... Read More

KMT’s 2018 National Congress Demonstrates More Confused Attempts To Appeal To Youth

The KMT's National Congress over the weekend proved an utterly bizarre sight, with the KMT embracing imagery it thinks will appeal to young people, while pushing for almost exactly the same political platform which led to such blowback against it from young people in the 2014 Sunflower Movement. Evidently, the KMT has learned incredibly little from the past four years... Read More

Real Estate Scandals Continue To Face KMT Politicians?

Two recent incidents prove examples of murky KMT politics at the local level, with KMT politicians in both urban and rural areas implicated in scandals regarding real estate. This can be observed both with a scandal regarding a dorm complex owned by KMT mayoral candidate Hou You-yi and the sentencing of former Yunlin County commissioner Chang Jung-wei by the Supreme Court... Read More

From the KMT’s ’1992 Consensus’ to the DPP’s ’Spirit of the 1992 Consensus’?

Recent comments by current DPP general-secretary Joseph Wu recently stirred waves. Wu stated the incoming DPP government under Tsai Ing-Wen will preserve the spirit of cooperation of the 1992 Consensus. What is surprising about Wu’s comments is that the DPP has in the past never acknowledged the existence of the 1992 Consensus... Read More