Eric Chu takes office as KMT chairman




Newly elected Chinese Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu (right) is sworn in Taipei,

southeast China’s Taiwan, on January 19, 2015. Taiwan’s New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu took 

office as chairman of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) on Monday.   Photo by Shen Hong


Newly elected Chinese Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu (right) attends his inaugural

ceremony in Taipei, southeast China’s Taiwan, on January 19, 2015.   Photo by Shen Hong




TAIPEI  |  2015-01-19 15:22:46


Eric Chu takes office

as KMT chairman


By Li Huizi



Newly elected Chinese Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu delivers his

inaugural speech in Taipei, southeast China’s Taiwan, on January 19, 2015.  

Photo by Shen Hong



Taiwan’s New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu took office as chairman of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) on Monday of January 19, underscoring cross-Strait peace in his inaugural speech.

Chu pledged to listen to grassroots voices and help keep the government’s executive branch in step with its legislative branch to promote important policies anticipated by the public.

He also promised to recruit more young people in future elections and said he will work to end the confrontation between the ruling and opposition parties.

On cross-Strait relations, Chu said during his speech that peaceful development and mutually beneficial principles have been adhered to by the KMT in promoting ties between Taiwan and the mainland.

However, the rapid development of cross-strait ties in recent years has had a big psychological effect on Taiwan society, and the two sides’ increased economic and trade exchanges have also raised concerns of a widening wealth gap on the island, he said.

Chu added that the KMT will discuss these issues with the mainland in order to let cross-Strait ties proceed stably.

Chu was elected KMT chairman in an uncontested election on Saturday, after Ma Ying-jeou resigned as party chief to take responsibility for the KMT’s defeat in the Nov. 29 local government elections.

Former mayors Hau Lung-bin and Huang Min-hui were named KMT’s vice chairpersons. Lee Shih-chuan will become the party’s secretary-general, the party said in a statement.

The new appointments are expected to be confirmed during a KMT standing committee meeting on Wednesday of January 21.






TAIPEI  |  2015-01-19 22:51:41

Man dies in shootout with police at Taiwan airport

By Wang Di and Chen Binhua

A man was shot dead in a shootout with police near Taichung Airport in central Taiwan on Monday of January 19.

The man, surnamed Zhang, was riding a motorbike to the airport, carrying his daughter, but was stopped by the police as the child was not wearing a helmet.

During questioning, the man argued with the police, seized a gun and opened fire.

Twenty-six shots were fired in the incident. Zhang was hit four times and died in hospital.

Two other people were injured in the shootout, including a police constable and an unrelated female, but their injuries are not life-threatening.







HONG KONG  |  2015-01-19 14:50:33

Taiwan stocks close 0.39 pct up

By Wang Xin

Taiwan’s share prices closed up 0.39 percent on Monday of January 19 with the weighted index up 35.77 points at 9, 174.06, according to news reaching here from Taipei.

Turnover totaled 89.07 billion new Taiwan dollars (2.82 billion U.S. dollars) during the trading session.









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