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KMT contenders introduce combined ‘Sheng-li’ campaign in New Taipei City

MAYORAL CAMPAIGNS:New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu and Taipei mayoral candidate Sean Lien opened their double feature with several joint appearances

By Jake Chung  /  Staff writer, with CNA

New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu, third right, and Taipei mayoral hopeful Sean Lien, fourth right, both members of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), watch as train afficionado Lin Sung-hsiung drives a miniature steam locomotive in New Taipei City yesterday.

Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei mayoral candidate Sean Lien (連勝文) and KMT New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫), who is running for re-election in the Nov. 29 elections, yesterday made joint appearances at several events in New Taipei City’s Sinjhuang District (新莊), introducing what the party has dubbed “Sheng-li cooperation” (勝立連線, “cooperation for victory.”)

The appellation uses characters from Lien and Chu’s Chinese names to form sheng li, which sounds like “victory” in Chinese.

Lien and Chu first visited a public daycare center in Sanchong District (三重), where Lien said he was impressed with the center’s cleanliness and environment.

The cleanliness of the environment is clearly a factor that causes parents to trust the center, Lien said, adding that it was something he could facilitate in Taipei in the future.

The two then walked along the Old Street, with Chu introducing the area and its products.

Chu said that the Old Street was one of the earliest streets developed in northern Taiwan, adding that the buildings along the street are all heritages in their own right.

The two also took a section of the MRT, where Lien said that MRT stations have banned solicitation or election-related events and asked the media — with a big smile — not to crowd passengers with their photography equipment.

Chu said that public daycare is an important trend that the greater Taipei region, including Taipei, New Taipei City and Keelung, should work together on, adding that New Taipei City has established 30 publicly funded daycare centers within three years and is to continue investing and establishing 70 over the next four years.

Chu added that Taipei and New Taipei City have a history of cooperating and he hoped that they would continue to work together in other areas including transportation.

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