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Newsmakers: Eric Chu

Eric Chu

Eric Liluan Chu (朱立倫) is a former Deputy Premier of Taiwan who served alongside Premier Wu Den-yih, during the Kuomintang (KMT) administration under President Ma Ying-jeou. He served as a local county magistrate until receiving the deputy premier post. In May 2010, Chu made headlines by resigning order to focus on his campaign for mayor of Xinbei City, which was formerly known as Taipei County.
Chu was born in 1961 in Bade City, Taoyuan County, Taiwan. He was the son of a politician who served in the local legislature in Taoyuan County and also in the National Assembly. Eric Chu studied at National Taiwan University, earning a bachelors degree in management. After completing his military service, he went abroad to study at New York University. There he completed a master’s degree in finance and a Ph.D. in accounting. Chu then taught as assistant professor at NYU before returning to teach in Taiwan. He was promoted to full professor before the age of 36 at National Taiwan University.

Chu was elected Taoyuan County chief in 2001, as a member of the then-opposition Kuomintang (KMT). He ran for re-election in 2005 and defeated his challenger from the ruling party. Chu was then tapped by President Ma Ying-jeou to be the Deputy Premier in September, 2009 as part of a Cabinet shuffle. Chu concurrently served as the vice chairman of his party – the KMT. Chu resigned his deputy premiership in May, 2010 to run for the year-end elections for mayor of Xinbei City.

Chu said his tenure as vice premier had given him strong experience that would benefit him as mayor. Financial Supervisory Commission chair Sean Chen was tapped to succeed Chu as deputy premier.

In May of 2010, Chu outlined his vision for Xinbei City. During a meeting at the Legislature, Chu noted the gap between Taipei City and Taipei County – which would become Xinbei City at year’s end. He said the county’s infrastructure, transportation, educational and cultural facilities and quality of life were not as good as Taipei City’s. He promised to turn Xinbei into a “city of the big river.” Chu said that if he was elected, his administration would make its top priorities the completion of the mass rapid transit network in Xinbei City, and the revitalization of the rivers in the area.

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