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DPP, KMT meet at wedding dinner for Chou Po-lun’s son
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-01-12 04:33 PM
The scene was very bi-partisan Saturday night as former DPP legislator Chou Po-lun saw his son married in a wedding ceremony dinner in Taipei. Guests at one VIP table included Legislative Yuan speaker Wang Jin-pyng, former DPP Chairman Tsai Ing-wen and New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu as well as others from both the ruling and opposition parties.

Guests occupied more than 50 tables at the gala affair which honored a groom from a DPP family and a bride whose family is from the Blue camp. Other distinguished guests included DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang, former Premier Tang Fei, Fubon Financial chairman Tsai Ming-chung, PFP Secretary-General Chin Chin-sheng, KMT Legislator Lee Ching-hua, DPP Legislator Chen Chi-mai, DPP Secretary-General Wu Nai-jen, former DPP Legislative Yuan convener Ker Chien-ming, former DPP Chairman Shih Ming-teh and other notables from political and business circles

Just days after a TVBS poll showed them to be about evenly matched as candidates in the 2016 presidential election among those polled, Tsai and Chu were seated at the main table, separated only by Wang Jin-pyng. The two also briefly shook hands on leaving the dinner, with little apparent embarrassment.

Wang Jin-pyng noted in a short speech that the bride is from a KMT family, and he hoped that she would soon bear a ‘princeling’. Tsai Ing-wen said the new groom was even handsomer than his father, and said that the couple show that sometimes it does not matter whether you are DPP or KMT, as long as you respect the values of public affairs and social development. Chu then added that he and Chou Po-lun have been friends for more than 20 years, saying that "Friendship goes beyond issues of blue and green, and the newlywed couple's love also goes beyond blue and green."

In 2003 the elder Chou was sentenced to six years in prison on charges related to the Jung-hsing Garden in Taipei. He was released on parole in 2005 and has gradually faded from political circles, rarely participating in political activities and other events.

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