November 28, 2014

THE GREENING OF TAIWAN:

Will Taiwan shift from 'blue' to 'green'? Taichung mayor is bellwether race (Julian Baum, NOVEMBER 28, 2014, CS Monitor)

 [Lin Chia-lung] represents a new generation of opposition leaders seeking to occupy key local government posts and to displace the China-friendly Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), which is struggling to retain its local power base. A win by Lin in a KMT stronghold would be a significant morale boost ahead of the 2016 presidential elections, and in the latest polls he is ahead by more than 10 percent.  [...]

"It's time to let the young people take over," [former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui] told farmers gathered for tea. "Once or twice is enough," he added in a casual swipe at Taichung's Mayor Jason Hu, who is running for a fourth term under the KMT banner.

Taichung is a city of 2.7 million located midway between Taiwan's main political divides. North from here is politically "blue," where the ruling China-friendly KMT is strongest. South from here is "green," where the Taiwan-first, nativist Democratic Progressive Party, or DPP, dominates. 

The city is situated at the closest point to mainland China across the Taiwan Strait, and for years has been dominated by the Nationalists. So a fall of Taichung to the "green" camp on Nov. 29 would consolidate opposition power in the geographic center of the country.

Posted by at November 28, 2014 7:50 PM
  

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