CONSTITUTIONAL:The former deputy legislative speaker said it is a politician’s job to warn of the consequences of independence and straying from the ‘status quo’
Date: Mar 20, 2016
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairperson candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀
柱) yesterday said it was “heart-wrenching” to see that more than half of Taiwan’s youth lean toward independence, while rival Apollo Chen (陳學聖) called for a “grand debate” with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on transitional justice next year.
The KMT held the second policy presentation for its four chairperson candidates yesterday.
Cross-strait relations, the KMT’s “historical value,” as opposed to transitional justice, and party assets were some of the topics discussed.
Hung cited a recent survey conducted by the Chinese-language United Daily News that found 36 percent of people in the nation support Taiwanese independence — with 19 percent supporting immediate independence and 17 percent supporting independence after first maintaining the “status quo” — and among those aged between 20 and 29, more than 50 percent support independence, with 29 percent supporting immediate independence and 25 percent supporting eventual independence. [FULL STORY]