Tsai chides Hung over ‘reckless’ China policy
Opposition leader Tsai wen yesterday criticized Kuomintang (KMT) rival in presidential election over “reckless” cross-strait policies.
“She has been changing her ideas, which gives the impression that she is being reckless,” Tsai said, referring to Hung Hsiu-chu’s handling of Taiwan-mainland relations.
Tsai, who is representing the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the upcoming presidential election, said cross-strait policies allow no room for recklessness. Ingher the her
Tsai was responding to Hung’s allegation that the DPP candidate is cheating voters by hiding her pro-Taiwan independence stance.
Hung, who is awaiting the KMT’s final confirmation of her presidential candidacy, said Friday that presidential candidates ought to clearly spell out their crossstrait stance.
Making criticisms clearly against Tsai without directly naming her, Hung said it would be a lie to voters if a candidate failed to assert their desire for Taiwan’s independence before the election and then declared their intention after winning.
Hung questioned whether it was possible that a candidate could be opposed to Taiwanese independence but be afraid that saying so openly would antagonize the proindependence camp.
Tsai has vowed to maintain Taiwan’s status quo if elected president, while Hung calls for closer ties and faster development between the two sides of the strait, saying she would seek to sign a peace pact with mainland China.
“Policymaking must be stable, predictable and meet the expectations of the public. It must not be reckless,” said Tsai during a meeting with DPP local government chiefs. “It seems the KMT candi- date is somewhat reckless.”
During the meeting that took place in Taichung, Tsai, as chairwoman of the main opposition party, also unveiled a platform for local development, promising more authority, resources and funding for local governments.
The main opposition party is in control of 13 of Taiwan’s 21 major cities and counties, and if elected president, Tsai said she would be able to implement the blueprint the DPP has devised for the developments of different regions of the country.
She said the blueprint divides Taiwan into six regions, with Tai- pei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Keelung and Yilan forming a hub for Taiwan’s international trade.
Taoyuan will also form part of a Hakka cultural region that also comprises Hsinchu and Miaoli, according to the blueprint.
Taichung, Changhua and Nantou will focus on tourism and industrial activities leveraging on their transportation networks.
Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan will remain an important agricultural region, and will also serve as a base of the development of advanced agricultural technology.
Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung will also form a hub in Southern Taiwan leveraging on their solar and ocean resources.
Hualien, Taitung, Kinmen and Matsu will be given support to maintain their characteristics and improve their residents’ standards of living.
Tsai said the central government’s infrastructure investment targets will mostly be cross-border projects covering different cities and counties.
The DPP chief said the nation will have exceptionally high expectations for the party, as if they were expecting a “star” athlete to “break the records.”