Tsai sets out four mis­sions to com­plete fol­low­ing US tour


Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) Chair­woman and pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Tsai Ing-wen (

) an­nounced yes­ter­day the four main mis­sions that she will strive to com­plete in the next stage of her pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

Dur­ing the DPP Cen­tral Stand­ing Com­mit­tee meet­ing held yes­ter­day, the chair­woman im­plored party mem­bers to re­mem­ber the mis­takes of the past, and urged the ul­ti­mate goal of not only win­ning the 2016 elec­tion, but also achiev­ing the first party al­ter­na­tion in the Leg­is­la­ture of Tai­wan’s young democ­racy.

Tsai called upon DPP mem­bers from lo­cal gov­ern­ments as well as the Leg­is­la­ture to ful­fill the four mis­sions, in­clud­ing the most ur­gent mat­ter: im­prov­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions with the third-party forces for the leg­isla­tive elec­tion, which is still at an im­passe.

Based upon the DPP’s prior rul­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, Tsai noted that a ma­jor­ity in the Leg­is­la­ture is the only way to avoid re­peat­ing the mis­takes of the past.

She added that the lack of sus­tain­ing poli­cies in the DPP-led gov­ern­ment was due to how they were a leg­isla­tive mi­nor­ity, even dur­ing the re­cent con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment con­fer­ences where DPP-backed pro­pos­als were of­ten shot down by the rul­ing Kuom­intang (KMT).

For the sec­ond mission, Tsai said that DPP-backed think tanks will con­tin­u­ally push for­ward pol­icy pro­pos­als based on cur­rent is­sues, such as long-term care, un­em­ploy­ment, a new eco­nomic sys­tem, food safety and other so­cial wel­fare is­sues.

For the third mission, the chair­woman also asked DPP mem­bers from lo­cal gov­ern­ments to the Leg­is­la­ture to pro­pose a “con­sol­i­dated gov­er­nance plan,” in or­der to ful­fill the “re­gional gov­er­nance” tac­tic pro­posed in 2014, as a way to trans­form the cur­rent struc­ture of the Leg­is­la­ture.

Tsai called for a “trans­par­ent” elec­tion cam­paign in her fourth mission state­ment, in not only fi­nan­cial and do­na­tion mat­ters, but in ev­ery cam­paign ef­fort to unite the na­tion. She cited the 2016 elec­tions as a “move­ment to reno- vate Tai­wan,” and to achieve this, a trans­par­ent elec­tion battle is a must.

Main­tain Cur­rent Af­fairs

with China

In re­sponse to the China's Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice’s ( ) an­other at­tempt at slam­ming Tsai’s vague stance, DPP spokesman Cheng Yun-peng ( ) said that con­tin­ual sta­ble and peace­ful cross-strait re­la­tions is a “re­spon­si­bil­ity of both sides,” and im­plored fur­ther dis­cus­sion to clear the air.

Cheng also re­it­er­ated Tsai’s stance on cross-strait ties; she has al­ready “made her­self quite clear” that she will base her pro­posal on the R.O.C. Con­sti­tu­tion, the peo- ple’s will and the fruits of la­bor of the past 20 years of ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Tsai had con­cluded her U.S. tour with two main mes­sages: first, to con­tinue strength­en­ing Tai­wan’s democ­racy and en­sur­ing a demo­cratic and free so­ci­ety, and sec­ond, to con­tinue a “con­sis­tent and pre­dictable” cross-strait re­la­tion­ship.

In other news, Cheng stated that Tsai had said dur­ing the meet­ing that the DPP is also will­ing to share ex­pe­ri­ences com­bat­ting SARS with the cen­tral gov­ern­ment, af­ter lis­ten­ing in on a re­port about MERS pre­ven­tion mea­sures.

She fur­ther stated that the DPP backs the Ex­ec­u­tive Yuan’s de­ci­sion to raise travel alerts to South Korea.

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