Top pri­or­ity is con­fi­dence for the peo­ple: Tsai

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY SUN HSIN- HSUAN

Em­bark­ing on her 12-day tour of the United States, 2016 pres­i­den­tial can­di­date and Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party ( DPP) Chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen ( ) de­liv­ered a speech in Los An­ge­les on May 30, dis­clos­ing her fun­da­men­tal views on lead­ing the na­tion if she wins the 2016 elec­tion.

Hav­ing de­parted on May 29, Tsai is sched­uled to visit Los An­ge­les, Chicago, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., New York, Hous­ton and San Fran- cisco. At a fund-rais­ing re­cep­tion held in Los An­ge­les, Tsai said “I came here not for an in­ter­view, as many me­dia have put it; I came here to con­vey two cru­cial points to Tai­wan’s friends world­wide.”

The first mes­sage was that Tai­wanese will al­ways ad­vo­cate democ­racy, which she said is the com­mon lan­guage shared be­tween the U.S. and the is­land na­tion. “Tai­wanese will not al­low their demo­cratic sys­tem to step back­wards. Just like cit­i­zens of the United States, we strongly be­lieve in democ­racy, free­dom and hu­man rights, and will con­tinue to stand by it for a very long time,” Tsai said.

The sec­ond mes­sage was that if she is elected pres­i­dent in 2016, the DPP will do all it can to main­tain cross- strait peace and sta­bil­ity. With her pre­vi­ous opin­ions on cross- strait re­la­tions slammed by the Kuom­intang ( KMT) and many pun­dits as mean­ing­less and empty, Tsai ex­plained that in terms of main­tain­ing the sta­tus quo, the party aims to sta­bi­lize the cross- strait re­la­tion­ship to the point where eco­nomic de­vel­op­ments may pros­per sus­tain­ably.

“Re­gional peace is the duty of all coun­tries, there­fore, the DPP will com­mu­ni­cate with all nearby na­tions, in­clud­ing main­land China, and try our best to re­duce mis­un­der­stand­ings,” she added. More­over, Tsai said that though Tai­wan is a rel­a­tively small is­land, it will take on re­spon­si­bil­ity in main­tain­ing re­gional peace and be­come a sub­stan­tial fac­tor in Asia.

“I hate to crit­i­cize the gov­ern- ment when over­seas; how­ever, the bru­tal fact is that in the past seven years, our peo­ple have lost much self- con­fi­dence un­der the KMT ad­min­is­tra­tion,” Tsai said. She added that to build self­con­fi­dence among the peo­ple, the gov­ern­ment will have to strengthen state power and to find the na­tion’s place on the in­ter­na­tional stage. “That will be my top pri­or­ity if I am elected pres­i­dent,” she said.

Strength­en­ing State Power

In terms of strength­en­ing state power, Tsai said there will be three as­pects on which the DPP will fo­cus: democ­racy, econ­omy and jus­tice.

“Democ­racy in Tai­wan should be strength­ened by build­ing an ef­fi­cient and trans­par­ent gov­ern­ment, will­ing to com­mu­ni­cate with its peo­ple,” Tsai said.

In terms of boost­ing the econ­omy, Tsai said that the goal is to re­vi­tal­ize the cre­ative econ­omy, de­vel­op­ing more ini­tia­tive and high- value in­dus­tries. Fur­ther- more, she said it is es­sen­tial to join more in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and to avoid re­liance on in­di­vid­ual mar­kets. “Once our econ­omy be­comes in­de­pen­dent, the na­tion will en­joy more po­lit­i­cal au­ton­omy,” Tsai said.

As for the re­al­iza­tion of jus­tice, Tsai said that the cur­rent an­nu­ity scheme and the land tax sys­tem re­quire re­form, and that gov­ern­ment- busi­ness re­la­tion­ships should be trans­par­ent and clean. Tsai is due to re­turn to Tai­wan on June 10.

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